Marcileno’s Pizzeria & Grill Opens on Main Street After Months of Issues
The new pizza joint is filling the space where Pepino’s once was.
After 10 grueling months of preparations, Marcileno’s Pizzeria & Grill opened Monday for its first round of customers ready to take a bite out of Sussex’s newest pizza.
Located at N64W24370 Main St., the restaurant is filling the space where Pepino’s Pizza once was. It was reported the restaurant was slated to open in May; however, owner Marvin King said the previous tenant's missteps created the delay.
“On the inside of the building, there was so many things that weren’t checked when the previous renter was here,” said King. “Inspectors come by every four to six years to look at the building. When the previous owner went out of business, there were a lot of violations already in place, so I assumed those violations when I bought it.”
With everything finally in order, King debuted a menu featuring not just pizza but also fried calamari, buffalo wings, Philly steaks and grinders.
An Experienced Cook
In addition to an expansive menu, King brings his pizza expertise. After working for three pizza restaurants and owning one more, opening Marcileno’s is just another adventure.
“I worked for Domino's, Pizza Hut and Little Caesar’s, and I always thought of the things I’d do if I opened my own pizza restaurant,” said King. “So I took the experiences from each one of those locations and just always wanted to do my own thing.”
As reported in March when King was seeking approval from Sussex to open the restaurant, this will be his second pizzeria venture. King operated Papa King’s restaurant at 107th Street and Granville Road in Milwaukee for about a year before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The resulting economic decline forced him to shut down the restaurant, but King said he is looking forward a new venture in Sussex.
“Our food is prepared fresh,” King said. “We have all fresh ingredients: sausage, onions, green peppers, peperoni, the cheese — everything is made to order, and nothing’s sitting around in a warmer. I like to see people happy, and pizza makes people happy if it’s good.”