Antonio’s Real New York Pizza in Estes Park, Colorado wants to confuse your senses. As its name indicates, it strives to bring about a New York taste experience, but the sights are straight Colorado. As the business’s Facebook page points out, the restaurant is right on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the views are all conifers and mountains.
This past weekend, these worlds collided at last. Just after midnight on Sunday, October 8, three black bears broke into the pizzeria and chowed down on some salami and dough.
The shop’s surveillance cameras recorded the invasion, and an employee posted the footage on Facebook. In the video, two cubs sniff around the kitchen, pull a tray of dough balls out of a fridge, and start chewing, while their mom methodically locates the salami on an upper shelf.
The post’s author took the opportunity to comment on the community’s bear management practices, which include mandatory wildlife-resistant dumpsters. “Every dumpster in town is now bear proof which leaves only our homes, cars and businesses,” they write. “I believe it would have been much better to have left the old dumpster tops in place because they wouldn’t become desperate… we’ve forced the bears’ paws.”
The bears escaped unnoticed. Co-owner Tony Francher told CBS Denver that employees cleaned the place up, moved the food to a more secure room, bent some dough trays back into shape, and opened on schedule. If any bears want to come buy some pizza in an honest manner, the shop is currently keeping its regular hours.
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