Today on This Week In Pizza: Pizzeria Targets Gun Owners; Ohio Pizza Maker Wins Pizza Pizzazz; and Delivery Man Hailed as Hero
PMQ to Host Online Chat on Menu Engineering
Menu engineering will be the focus of a special online chat session for pizza restaurant owners and operators, hosted by PMQ Pizza Magazine's editor-at-large Liz Barrett, at PMQ.com's Think Tank at 9 a.m. (CT), Thursday, March 7.
The chat session will spotlight Josh Davis, vice president of sales for Mail Shark, a Mohnton, Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in turnkey marketing and direct mail programs for pizzerias and other restaurants. The discussion will focus on ways to boost sales and profits by making a few simple tweaks to your existing menu. There is no charge for the chat, but attendees must be registered Think Tank users to view or participate. Pizzeria owners and operators can register for free at thinktank.pmq.com.
A pizzeria operator in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is churning out slices for the Second Amendment, offering a 15% discount to customers who bring guns or a concealed handgun permit into his store.
Jay Laze, owner of All Around Pizzas and Deli, started the promotion earlier this month and told the Associated Press that 80% of his customers showed up with guns in response. One of them even arrived with an AK-47. Originally conceived as a limited-time offer, the promotion could become permanent, Laze said.
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Man Beats 60 Opponents to Win Pizza Pizzazz
As the co-owner of a sports restaurant, Bradley Corbin is no stranger to competition. So he wasn't intimidated when he faced-and bested-more than 60 opponents in the Pizza Pizzazz Contest at the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show (NAPICS) recently in Columbus, Ohio.
Corbin, co-owner of Sloopy's Sports Café in Lakeside, Ohio, became the first entrant in the contest's 15-year history to take home the top prize two years in a row. His winning pizza featured chicken, bacon, onions, strawberries and spicy chili sauce. He also won the 2012 American Pizza Championship in Orlando, Florida, earning a spot on the U.S. Pizza Team and a trip to the World Pizza Championship in Italy this spring.
A routine pizza delivery turned into a life-saving mission when a pizza delivery man in Philadelphia caught a whiff of some deadly fumes and saved an entire apartment building from potential disaster.
According to MyFoxPhilly.com, Richard Souza of Mangia Pizza was making a delivery to an apartment when he noticed a strong smell coming from an adjacent residence. He mentioned it to his customer, and the two quickly called the authorities. A subsequent investigation revealed high levels of carbon monoxide emanating from a heating unit in the vacant apartment. Residents praised Souza's quick-thinking response, and one suggested he get a raise for his heroism.