Satchel's Pizza

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Satchel's Pizza
FoundedGainesville, Florida (2003)
Key people
Satchel Raye, founder and owner
Number of employees

Satchel's Pizza is a restaurant in Gainesville, Florida. It was opened on March 7, 2003 by Satchel Raye.[1]

Satchel's has become very well known in Gainesville, and can have wait times of over an hour on the weekends.[2] It is common for Gainesville residents to see bumper stickers with the Satchel's logo when driving around town.[3]


Satchel's was opened on March 7, 2003 by Satchel Raye, the founder and owner of the restaurant.

On February 28, 2012, the restaurant caught fire.[4] It reopened on June 14 of the same year.[5][6] During the downtime, Satchel Raye used Indiegogo to raise funds for its 47 employees. Nearly 700 people made contributions in a 16-day period, providing a total of $37,696 to the restaurant.[7]

On December 5, 2016, the restaurant's outdoor seating area and gift shop, known as Lightning Salvage, caught fire and was destroyed. The restaurant itself was unharmed and remained open.[8] In November 2017, Raye announced plans to reopen Lightning Salvage as a two-story building.[9]

The restaurant reopened on June 1, 2018. It featured a new outdoor playground that was built by University of Florida architecture students.[10]

In February 2020, Raye announced that he would be opening a second location named Satch² in a downtown food park.[11] The new location was officially opened on July 20, 2020.[12]


  1. ^ "About — Satchel's Pizza". Satchel's Pizza. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  2. ^ Herbert, Michael (November 17, 2009). "Satchel's owner passionate about pizza, art". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  3. ^ "Satchel's, Get the Bumper Sticker". Smoking Fork. August 24, 2011. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  4. ^ Swirko, Cindy (February 28, 2012). "Kitchen fire could close Satchel's for six weeks". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  5. ^ Clark, Anthony (June 13, 2012). "4 months after a fire, Satchel's is back cooking". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  6. ^ "Satchel's Pizza Sets Reopen Date". WCJB TV-20. June 1, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  7. ^ "Satchel's Pizza Employee Relief Fund". Indiegogo. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  8. ^ Staff (December 6, 2016). "Roaring fire erupts at Satchel's, destroys outdoor seating, gift shop". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  9. ^ "Satchel's Pizza's "Lightnin' Salvage" close to reopening".
  10. ^ "UF students design, build new playground at Satchel's Pizza".
  11. ^ "Be there or be square: Satchel's Pizza to open second location".
  12. ^ "Satchel's Pizza opens second location today".

Coordinates: 29°40′26″N 82°18′07″W / 29.673952°N 82.301869°W / 29.673952; -82.301869