Thursday, June 09, 2005

pizza patron

If you have a Pizza Patron nearby, I can clairvoyantly tell you about your 'hood: It’s >40 percent Latin. That’s the strategy of this Garland-based chain, which will open 100 stores by end of ‘05 across SW: AZ, CO, CA, and of course TX, w/ 16 stores in dallas area. "Mexican pizza" is a buzzy fusion thing with no set definition; it usually boils to "replace Italian sausage w/ chorizo". Pizza Patron is more about vibe: menus in Spanish, bilingual employees who say "buenos dias" when you enter. Bizness mags love Pizza Patron ("pizza boss") cuz it was started by whizkid Antonio Swad, who founded (and then sold off) Wingstop. Bilingual or no, everyone understands this: Pizza Patron's priciest pizza is $6.99.

15 Comments:

At June 09, 2005 10:30 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Their gringo pizzas aren't too bad, either. On par with any other chain, I think. And half the price. Take that, Dominios.

I've never heard of a "social lubricant" until now, but that article you posted might have mentioned mexico's greatest social lube, tequila.

 
At June 09, 2005 12:28 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

I live in a target neighborhood and have been getting Pizza Patron flyers. Maybe I'll give the one next to my local Fiesta a try. The menu I called up on your link doesn't look any different from other pizza places, same ol' toppings, but as Twisted notes, the prices are good. Like the idea of the half pizza, too.

More truly Mexican pizza, with bean sauce, chorizo and other such toppings, are offered at Vanonos on Greenville at Mockingbird. They also sell Mexican hot wings. Haven't tried them yet, because they are in that tiny building with practically no parking -- the one that used to house Papa John's.

 
At June 09, 2005 1:30 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

Terese,
I'm a clairvoyant, too. Isn't that a coincidence!!!!

 
At June 09, 2005 1:35 PM, Blogger TG said...

i'm tearing up with nostalgia here. Vamanos was my very first NYCE posting. here's to april 25! i remember it like it was only yesterday. or last month. whatever

 
At June 09, 2005 1:37 PM, Blogger TG said...

bipolar i KNEW you were clairvoyant! cuz i'm clairvoyant! you know what i'm sayin? but of course you do. cuz you're clairvoyant too. which i knew

 
At June 09, 2005 2:39 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

tg: thanks for the nudge. went back and read your april postings. should have done it sooner, because there was a lot of good info in there.

the mention of jaxx cafe in addison reminded me there's an interesting story about how it got its name that some of you youngtimers may not have heard. one of the jaxx founders was the guy, mel somebody, who helped start cafe pacific in highland park with jack knox. when the cafe pacific duo had a falling out, mel opened atlantic cafe on mckinney and knox in competition. feud apparently never ended; mel called the addison place jaxx to have a "jack's cafe" first. (maybe somebody out there -- or you -- will remember mel's last name; it is just escaping me today)

 
At June 09, 2005 2:45 PM, Anonymous mel torme said...

that's my good friend mel hollen. we used to go for drinks with mel encolly.

 
At June 09, 2005 3:20 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

mr. torme: You didn't invite mel ott or mel gibson (gibsen?)

 
At June 09, 2005 3:22 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

Hollen it was. Knew someone out there would know cuz NYCE attracts intelligent people for the most part.

 
At June 09, 2005 3:23 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

I was going to say Hollen, then I thought, "No, Mr. Torme is reading Terese's blog and he will set the record straight!!!!"

 
At June 09, 2005 3:44 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

mel blanc and, of course, mel ting eyce

 
At June 09, 2005 3:45 PM, Anonymous mary hartman mh said...

I think mel was one of the goats slaughtered at the lombardi place. the other was pel

 
At June 09, 2005 3:48 PM, Anonymous polar negri said...

i see bipolar is making her usual bid for attention. remember i visited this blog first but she follows me everywhere. cursed by a sister 7 minutes younger

 
At June 09, 2005 3:53 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

I used to have a neighbor named mel. of course, that wasn't in oak cliff, which i think might be a fine place to live.

 
At June 09, 2005 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mel tillis

 

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