What would happen if a quirky store that sells kitschy retro items (think something like Urban Outfitters) also made hand-tossed, freshly-made pizzas? All under one roof (or at least on the same property)?
It might look something like Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville.
Driving by the place at 1800 NE 23rd Avenue, one might easily mistake Satchel’s for a junk shop of some kind. And you’d be right – sort of.
The restaurant is just one component of owner Satchel Raye’s zany vision for his growing little empire.
A colorful garage behind the restaurant houses Lightnin’ Salvage Enterprises. Employees describe it as a combination junk shop, junk museum, lounge, Florida souvenir/gift shop, toy store, novelty shop and live music venue.
It’s also home to one of the best mobile collections in a 100-mile radius.
Fences are covered in dozens and dozens of shiny hub caps. Collections of weird and unusual items are scattered all over the property, but always seem organized and orderly.
Those who a are lucky can enjoy their tasty pizza inside the Satch Van; a graffiti-covered 1965 Ford Falcon Satchel drove around for 10 years. It’s now parked out front as a table.