In the wake of last week’s solar eclipse, traffic was backed up for two miles on Warrensburg, New York’s Main Street, right in front of Tommy Guns Pizzeria & Bar. And that gave owner Anthony Fuller and his team a bright idea: roadside pizza service.

Thousands of tourists had flocked to the area to watch the cosmic phenomenon at scenic spots like Lake Placid and Schroon Lake. As they tried to drive back home via Main Street to Northway Interstate 87 that afternoon, there were just too many cars and too little highway.

That’s when a Tommy Guns employee made a suggestion: Why not sell those folks a pie or two?

Business was already booming at Tommy Guns that day, but Fuller found the opportunity irresistible.

“I said, ‘Alright, let’s give it a shot,” he told North Country Public Radio (NCPR). “So we made two to six pizzas. The employees went outside, they sold them in 30 seconds, and we were kind of just making a game out of it, having fun.”

Curious drivers and passengers started rolling down their windows. They saw Tommy Guns’ outdoor fire pits ablaze and the pizzeria’s workers, clad in black T-shirts, scrambling between cars. According to the Post Star, Tommy Guns started out selling whole cheese pizzas, then switched to slices and other refreshments.

Tommy Guns employees donned eclipse glasses on April 8. (Tommy Guns Pizzeria & Bar / Facebook)

Fuller told NCPR that tourists had driven from as far away as Florida to view the eclipse in upstate New York. “There were some nice people that came in from Virginia and the Carolinas. I thought to myself, ‘These guys are crazy.’ I can’t believe they drove up here for, you know, two or three minutes. But everybody’s got their thing. We happened to be at the right spot, so who am I to judge and have an opinion on that?”

Instead of closing at 9 p.m. that night, Fuller kept firing up pies until 10:30 to keep the tourists fed. “We had a lot of laughs with people driving by and stayed open until almost 11 p.m.,” he said in the Post Star interview.

The busy day came after a long, slow winter, Fuller told NCPR. “I’m looking forward to a sunny summer. The rain really hurt last year…I’m hoping for 75 [degrees] and sunny for the whole summer.”