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Several restaurants have come and gone in White Rock, but one local restaurant is now celebrating nearly six years.
Owners Trish and Omar Sanchez created Timeout Pizzeria, modeling the restaurant after one of Omar’s favorite childhood restaurants in Roswell. He was inspired by the restaurant’s displays of local memorabilia, which he felt gave a real sense of community.
In fact, much of the décor in the restaurant’s arcade room comes from Omar’s family farm in Roswell. Antique bikes, signs, toy cars and trucks and figurines line the walls and ceiling. Some of the toys actually belonged to Omar, or his siblings, when they were children.
Los Alamos sports memorabilia occupies the rest of the wall space. Local athletes, both past and present, have donated Hilltopper jerseys, letterman jackets, helmets and signed team photos — and they are always looking for more. Both Trish and Omar expressed their desire to continually add more to their collection. Memorabilia donations are always welcome.
The Sanchezes began their endeavor in the early 2000s, when they entered talks with local business owner Mike Luna to buy the Los Alamos Home Run Pizza franchise. Due to bad timing, the deal never actually went through however, Luna had strong market data and customer requests suggesting White Rock was in need of a similar venue.
In 2007, Luna assisted the couple in opening a Home Run location in the White building previously occupied by McDonalds. They started by leasing only half the building, with the owner having plans to lease what had been the Playland area to a separate business.
Only a year after opening, they dropped the Home Run franchise to create their own brand, Timeout Pizzeria. The Sanchezes eventually convinced the landlord to lease the remainder of the building with a vision of creating a retro arcade and poolroom, where families could play and eat together.
Over time, they added air hockey, pool tables and a menagerie of retro-style arcade games to create the family-oriented hangout that exists today. The restaurant also has ample space for birthday parties and family celebrations, along with a conference space for meetings.
The restaurant has also expanded its menu over the years. Timeout not only serves pizza and sandwiches, but also offers breakfast items such as burritos, pastries and a signature breakfast pizza, along with Seattle’s Best Coffee.
The couple recently added a kid’s menu and they’ve expanded their ice cream menu. All of the items are always available at the drive-thru window.
The couple now owns the building and property, with plans to further expand the restaurant in the future. They hope to continue to provide White Rock and Los Alamos with a local hangout where kids of all ages can take time out for themselves.
Timeout Pizzeria has recently extended its hours for summer. The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; from 8 a.m. -10 p.m. Saturday; and from noon–9 p.m. Sunday
For more information, call 672-9892.
-April M. Brown