Walter’s 303 Pizzeria marks a Springs pizza reunion 

click to enlarge COURTESY WALTER'S 303
  • Courtesy Walter's 303
David and Debby Hammett, managing partners at Walter’s 303 Pizzeria & Publik House, have history with company founder Mike Kienast. In the mid-1990s, then-teenaged Kienast worked in the Hammetts’ Rockrimmon pizzeria, Piza4U. When he opened the first Walter’s in 2010 in Denver, they consulted. In late 2015, he asked the Hammetts to move back from Carmel, Indiana, to run his third location.

Walter’s in Flying Horse opened in March 2017, up the hill from the bustling Bass Pro complex. It’s deliberately more in the neighborhood, says David, a decision made to allow them to achieve a “mom and pop feel” through first-name rapport with regulars and community fundraising events.

The Hammetts first developed the pizza recipes they shared with Kienast at Piza4U, tweaking them at pizzerias they’ve run in Indiana and California. “There’s a little bit of California influence, a little bit of Indiana influence, and Mike’s put his touch into it,” says David. “You can’t really pinpoint a region.” He adds that sauce, crust and toppings are made daily, including house meatballs.

Walter’s is also a taphouse. Debby stocks the Springs spot’s 20 taps with a rotating selection, prioritizing Colorado beers. David says each store does different beers — they see “a big difference in tastes between what Denver wants and what Colorado Springs wants.” What that difference is? Hit Walter’s and ask Debby to find out.


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