Locking down the COVID-19 pandemic has been good for something. Ask Colby Lefevre. The time spent at home allowed him to perfect his pizza recipe and start a restaurant.
Lefevre started making Detroit-style pizza a few years ago, and once he thought it was good enough, he invited friends over to try it.
“After a few drinks, someone told me I should open a pizzeria and call it Alpine Pizza Company. I was living on Alpine Drive in Vail at the time and the name stuck, ”said Lefevre.
Lefèvre’s friends would simply order pizzas and collect them from his house. Then he created an Instagram account.
“I created an Instagram account as a joke, and it started to get a lot of followers,” Lefevre said.
“During the pandemic, I started making a ton of pizzas to practice and giving them to people and things got serious, and I started looking for food places.”
The pieces started to fall apart when the Perfect Restaurant became available next to Bart and Yeti’s in Lionshead.
Bart and Yeti’s Dennis Foley said his owner wanted to set up a donut store in the space.
“I told him, ‘No people want take out pizza and wings’ and I called Colby and it started about six months ago,” Foley said.
“I can’t believe we’ve done this in six months. Many thanks to Joel Barndt of FirstBank and Shaeffer Hyde Construction for organizing everything, ”said Lefevre.
The menu will feature cheese, pepperoni and the pie of the day, salads and sandwiches, garlic cheese sticks, hot honey Brussels sprouts and pizzerias. Don’t forget the habanero honey sauce with the pizza.
“You have to pour a little bit over the pepperoni,” Lefevre said.
Along with the Detroit-style pizza, they serve the Normy Wings, named after longtime friend and Bart and Yeti boss Norm Raffelson.
“The wings are first fried, then tossed in the special sauce Normy would make, then he would finish them on the grill, so the sauce is toasted in there,” Foley said.
“They have become a popular menu item at Bart and Yeti’s, so I thought they would be a great addition to Colby’s pizza. It’s a sure winner for take-out options here at Lionshead.
The commercial partnership has been cultivated for years. Foley has known Lefèvre since his birth. Foley and Colby’s father, Brian “Bolder” Lefevre, worked at the Watch Hill Oyster Club (now El Segundo) in Vail in the 1980s.
“I saw Colby grow up so it fits and honors the memory of his father because his father would just be blown away if we were working together,” Foley said.
“It was the goal for my father and I to open our own restaurant together, but he passed away nine years ago,” Lefevre said.
“And I’m her new dad,” Foley joked.
“Yeah, Dennis stepped in and that’s great! Lefèvre burst out laughing.
When asked if Bolder would have a special slice of pizza with his name on the menu, Lefevre said, “I know exactly what it would be: a burger and onions. That’s what he always wanted on his pizza.
The hours of the Alpine Pizza Co. are not set for the moment. They basically open at noon and serve meals until they are sold out. Lefevre recommends following the Instagram page for the daily details.