Few pizza chains, if any, are more closely identified with a specific city than Buddy’s Pizza in Detroit. In honor of the iconic company that reportedly invented Detroit-style pizza, then-Detroit Mayor Dave Bing even proclaimed June 23 as Buddy’s Pizza Day back in 2011—and the annual celebration has continued ever since.
In honor of the chain’s 74th anniversary today, Buddy’s handed out cards worth a discount of $7.40 on an eight-square pizza for future dine-in visits. One card actually offers six separate coupons, each good for a discounted pizza per month through the end of 2020.
The company said it expects to give away 1,200 discount cards at 15 locations.
Buddy’s will also celebrate its 74th birthday with a series of virtual “History Bedtime Stories” in partnership with Detroit History Tours. Bailey Sisoy-Moore, executive director of Detroit History Tours, will tell stories about Buddy’s history on the tour company’s Facebook page every Tuesday at 8 p.m. through July 23.
Meanwhile, Buddy’s Pizza made local headlines when it presented a check for more than $14,000 last week to Haven House, a nonprofit company that provides emergency shelter to one-parent or two-parent families with children and helps them find permanent housing. According to WLNS, the donation came from the opening-day earnings of a new Buddy’s store in Lansing, Michigan.
“The donation Buddy’s Pizza has given us means so much to our organization and the families we serve,” said Haven House Executive Director Gabriel Biber. “This will help us provide vital resources to even more members of the Lansing community.”