A Labor of Love, A Proud Heritage, A Commitment to Quality
JT’s Pizza & Spirits is your premier sports bar and dining destination. The 2,500+ square foot sports bar features over 20 new TVs up to 65 inches in size, an indoor fireplace, 12 beer taps, and plenty of room for guests to watch their favorite teams play.
We are the premier destination for delicious food and entertainment. Not only do we play all your favorite sports games we also feature happy hour every day from 3-5 pm and 9 pm-close. Join us for keno and live music on Thursday nights.
Our sports bar features five, full-size garage doors as walls to offer natural lighting. The doors to our patio are open in the summer to allow our guests to sit either inside or outside to enjoy the weather. The patio seating features three fireplace tables for colder evenings and ambiance. Please note, no persons under 18 are allowed in the sports bar after 8 pm.
Want more JT’s? We offer delivery, take out, and catering services! Check out our take out menu.
Since 1975, JT’s Pizza & Spirits has been the neighborhood spot for outstanding service, a comfortable and friendly full-service bar, and of course, the delicious homemade pizza, pasta, and more that have made us a Grand Rapids favorite. We make everything from scratch, including our signature pizza dough, our incredible sauces, and our fresh Italian sausage. We want to make sure we have something for everyone, please let your server know of any food sensitivities and we will do our best to accommodate.
JT’s Pizza & Spirits was founded in June of 1975 by Joe Cucinella and Tom Hudley (“J and T”…you always wondered, didn’t you?), in the tiny location on the west end of our current building. The business they purchased, right next door to the old “Majik Market”, was called “Da Besta Pizza”, and featured 100 ft of prime 28th street frontage, and 200 square feet of business space.
The “Depot” name came from a desire to decorate the restaurant in a train motif, which was prevalent in all of our locations in the early days.
By the end of that first year, Tom decided to head in a different direction professionally. Joe bought out Tom’s share and has solely owned JT’s Pizza & Spirits ever since. His comment at the time was that he needed a job and bought one for himself! Joe and his wife Becky were newlyweds in 1975, too, and he and Becky set out to build the business as a true labor of love, and a family enterprise.
Joe’s Mom and Dad have been involved in the business, too. In those days, it was in Joe Sr. and Fran’s kitchen where the pasta dishes and fabulous meatballs were hand-crafted, a tradition which remains today. Meanwhile, young Joe was very busy working the pizza ovens, making the dough every day, hand-tossing pizzas and making every sub and pasta dinner by hand. He also had a profound commitment to making everything from scratch, including JT’s own signature pizza and pasta sauces, and our special, homemade, Italian sausage, featuring a very special taste that is not to be missed! Today, we still make the sausage from scratch using only the finest and freshest cuts of pork, and our own secret blend of spices and seasonings. The bottom line is that JT’s has always been a “labor of love” for the Cucinella family.
During the mid 1970s to late 1980s, the pizza industry underwent several important changes. The biggest such change was the advent of national “pizza chains”, with their low-cost ingredients, huge commissaries churning out mass market ingredients, and 2-for-1 pizza price specials. As these establishments took hold, they overcame many of the family-owned, single location pizzerias at the time, as the small family business owners fell to the pressure of low-price, low quality ingredients, while trying to match the “deals”. JT’s overcame the pressure and continued to produce the quality of pizza with their commitment to making everything from scratch.
The business continues to grow and prosper each year, and the next generation of the Cucinella family is now involved in the enterprise. One thing hasn’t changed, and never will…The strong dedication to quality, family recipes and friendly service.