Caputi’s Sheridan Pub owner Vinny Caputi tested a wood-fired pizza oven on the patio of his Tonawanda bar during Covid-19 shutdowns, attracting customers who may not have been comfortable inside. The pies, a specialty of Vinny’s brother and partner Derek, became so popular that the duo transformed Caputi’s banquet space into a new business – Candyman Pizza – named after the Grateful Dead song and horror movie series. Candyman soft-opened in late October.