Satchel's Pizza

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

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

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