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Jura’s to celebrate 40th anniversary Sunday
Prices take restaurant back to 1979
Flora Aghassi, Jura Aghassi and Papiola Aghassi pose for a picture in Jura’s Pizza Parlor’s new location last year. To celebrate one year in the Turlock Town Center and their 40th year of operation, the eatery is offering a variety of deals on Sunday (Journal file photo).

Jura’s Pizza parlor has a lot to celebrate, and they’re inviting the community to join in on the fun.

Not only does this weekend mark the eatery’s one-year anniversary at its new location in the Turlock Town Center, but Jura’s is also celebrating its 40th year in business. Jura’s originally opened in Turlock in 1979, and from there has seen many changes over the years. From expanding its first, small location on the corner of South Golden State Boulevard and East Olive Avenue to relocating to an even larger location on the corner of North Center Street and Mitchell Avenue, the restaurant’s loyal customers have followed along no matter where their pizzas were being made.

Now, in the pizza parlor’s most modern location yet, business has been booming since its doors opened last year, thanks to a bar that seats 70, two sports caves with projectors and comfy couches, 21 high definition TVs and even new menu items. It all wouldn’t have been possible without the community’s support, owner Papiola Aghassi said.

“We’ve always been thankful to the Turlock community. This was our third move and they’ve continued to support us,” Aghassi said.

Aghassi runs the restaurant along with her siblings Jura Aghassi, Flora Aghassi and Nora Aghassi, and the family will give back to the community that’s supported it over the years this weekend with a plethora of deals.

On Sunday, customers can choose from a variety of food and drink specials at different times in the day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Flora’s micheladas will be just $1.79. Starting at 1 p.m., Andy’s Combo and Jura’s Special medium pizzas will be just $5.50 and $7, respectively, to the first 40 people. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. hungry guests can grub on 40-cent wings (minimum of six, maximum of 36), and 79 cent beer will be available all day.

The affordable prices were inspired by what customers might have found on the Jura’s menu in 1979, Aghassi said. Her parents, Andy and Mary Aghassi, opened the business with big hopes, but even they couldn’t have expected what a staple their restaurant would become for Turlock.

Andy passed away 13 years ago, though his efforts live on through his children.

“That’s all my father knew was the restaurant business, and losing a parent, we didn’t think that we would be able to continue his legacy,” Aghassi said. “Through the four of us and our mom leading us, we’ve been able to keep this family business alive.”

Jura’s has kept the same philosophy for the past 40 years, giving back to the community in every way that it can, from gift cards for fundraiser and raffles to feeding the homeless. Sunday marks just one more way the restaurant hopes to give back to Turlock.

“We’ve kept that foundation alive where we want it to stay a family environment,” Aghassi said. “As we’ve evolved through the years, the first thing has always been that foundation of our parents’, where you can go somewhere with your family and just have a good time.”

Jura’s Pizza Parlor is located at 783 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock.