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GROWING IN BAHRAIN I was doing research for my new pizza operation and came across the 2019 Pizza Power Report online. It was very interesting and full of facts. It gave me the feeling that my new pizza business model is heading in the right direction. For the past three years, I have operated a small pizza kitchen in a Bahrain nightclub but have dreams and a working plan to expand to a stand-alone shop again. I’ve been building my business plan for the past year and trying to correct operational mistakes made in the past. I hope you will give us a try if you’re ever in Bahrain. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels landed at the Idaho Falls location of Lucy’s New York Style Pizzeria—co-owned by a member of the Idaho Army National Guard—prior to performing one of their famous air shows.
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I’m the public affairs officer for the Idaho Army National Guard. On our website we recently highlighted an Idaho Falls pizza restaurant owner who serves with the National Guard. In 2009, Sgt. Brian Padigimus started Lucy’s New York Style Pizzeria in Roberts, Ohio—a small town of about 600 people north of Idaho Falls—with Tim Wright, his childhood friend. The two of them, later joined by Brian’s twin brother, Geoff, now own four stores in two states—two in Idaho Falls, one in Orem, Utah, and the original restaurant in Roberts. Brian also serves as an infantry team leader with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team of C Company’s 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion. This is the state’s only infantry unit. He has traveled around the country and the world with the Idaho Army National Guard. We hope you will consider this story for publication in your magazine or website. Capt. Robert Taylor Idaho Army National Guard Boise, ID Thank you for sharing this story with us, Captain Taylor. We will keep Sgt. Padigimus in mind for coverage in PMQ Pizza Magazine and will reach out to you to learn more.
Errin Stone Mr. Slice Manama, Bahrain
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We’re glad the Pizza Power Report was helpful to you as you map out the future of your pizza business. Good luck with your plans for expansion, Errin, and please stay in touch! STUFF WE LOVE
During the federal government’s partial shutdown in January, pizzeria owners showed exceptional generosity to furloughed employees living without paychecks. In communities with a strong federal presence, the shutdown hit restaurants particularly hard, yet these workers and their families were treated to free food at many independent and chain pizzerias from coast to coast, proving that the pizza business, at its best, is still about people over profits.
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