Fish and his business partners, Mike Llorente and Steve Hilken, who own both Main Event locations in Vancouver and 3 Sheets at the Harbor in Portland, made an offer.
“If the equipment is in there, it’s way cheaper. We wanted to do pizza all during the lockdown. If you think takeout, one of the best Americanized takeouts is pizza. It travels much better than Main Event stuff.”
Fish said many of his friends who own local pizza companies said 2020 was their busiest and most profitable year.
The decision to open a new restaurant during the pandemic wasn’t easy because restaurants are still struggling to turn a profit, Fish said. Hiring is difficult because many of the experienced employees in the restaurant industry have left to seek non-restaurant work.
“It happened to be the right timing, and the landlord worked with us,” he said.
Fish said the name Mondo comes from the childhood nickname of Mark Matthias, owner of Beaches Restaurant and Bar.
“It’s a friendly competition, but clearly the pandemic brought us closer together,” Fish said. “The name is a tip of the hat to our friends over at Beaches.”
This article was corrected to clarify that the owners of Main Event did not buy Vancouver Pizza Company. Vancouver Pizza Company closed with no monetary gain, according to Karen McMillen, the former owner.