Modesto is a bit of a misnomer. The plan is to be in a small town east of there, essentially in the narrowing funnel that is the road to Yosemite. There is a 20K local population and about 20-25K cars filled with tourists driving by daily. An old, boarded-up KFC is currently available (KFC moved to a new, larger building down the street) but this empty 1800sf restaurant erected in 1987 is in an awesome spot with parking for twenty, a drive-thru, and a nice, big sign. It needs some work but the owner is motivated to sell, asking $369K but he'd take much less, I'd wager. Since the banks aren't lending, it's a cash proposition.
The pepperoni in the pic shown is Molinari Brand. It is made by a shop in San Fran and sold here in local markets (O'Briens). It is exceptionally smooth and refined, where most pepperoni I've tried is quite harsh. This Molinari pepperoni is easily the best I've tried. I steal slices off the stick throughout the week when I pass the frig. One bite and the quality is obvious, "Umm, that's good stuff." It's about $7 a chub and it makes two 18" pizzas.
Thanks for the kudos, guys!