After 34 years, Uncle Lar’s Pizza is changing owners.
The announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Monday, Nov. 27, with a photo of owner and co-founder Norma Albright welcoming new owners Jerry and Selaine Stegmann to the shop. The couple’s first night as new owners was Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Albright and her husband, Larry “Uncle Lar,” founded the popular Plano eatery in 1983, when it was originally located on the corner of Main Street and West Street. Larry Albright passed away in 2003, and the location was moved to its current location across the street from the Plano train station. Through all of this, Norma Albright remained the owner and manager of the restaurant.
Three years ago though, facing health issues, Albright made the decision to sell Uncle Lar’s.
“After 34 years of making pizza, I’m ready to hang it up,” she said.
Albright approached a local real estate agent who eventually made contact with the Stegmanns. She said that she knew they were the right owners when they came back for a second time in two years.
“I knew they were taking it seriously,” Albright said.
Sandwich residents Jerry Stegmann and his wife, Selaine, had eaten at Uncle Lar’s in the past, and knew it was up for sale from their son-in-law, who is Albright’s nephew. They had looked at purchasing the restaurant when it went on sale three years ago, but weren’t ready at the time. They came back this year, and began the process of purchasing the eatery about two months ago.
Stegmann said that new and returning customers should expect “a new and exciting attitude,” and the same pizza that they’ve enjoyed before. “The recipe will not be touched,” he said.
Albright said that she plans to stay and help with the transition for the next few weeks, before retiring fully from Uncle Lar’s.