Archive for February 2012
It is hard to believe that just one year ago this week Ian’s Pizza on State was in the middle of what will likely be the craziest time of our pizza lives. Hundreds of thousands of protesters were gathering right out our front door, and hundreds of people from around the globe were calling us to donate pizza to feed them.
We were working from 6am to 12am, utilizing everyone on staff (and their friends and families!), picking up truckloads of water, taking truckloads of pizzas to the capital, answering phones nonstop while also trying to introduce ourselves to a world who suddenly loved us but had no idea who we were and what we stood for as a company.
Things are a little quieter outside these days. There are still protesters and folks hold singalongs every day right up the block, but for the most part it’s really a very normal February in downtown Madison. While we are enjoying this quiet time of the year, we are continually grateful for the opportunities we had last year and for all the amazing people we met (and continue to meet) because of the protests.
So… thank you. Thank you for all the good conversation, the great interactions, the faith you placed in us, and for your ongoing support. It means the world to us.
Have you ever painted your living room, and agonized over just what shade of ecru/off-white/neutral/ivory/cream would best highlight your favorite “Howling Wolf in Moonlight” poster? Now imagine trying to come up with a color scheme that blends the awesomeness that is a 110-year-old historic bank building with a hip, high-energy pizza/salad quick service restaurant.
On one hand, you’ve got elaborate crown moldings, sky-high tray ceilings, and elegant Grecian columns. On the other hand you’ve got a huge bright red logo, images based on graphic novels, and a staff that leans toward super-friendly, pierced, & tattooed.
So that’s what’s happening with our move right now… we’re trying to figure out paint color, flooring, and how it all will look as it comes together. Figuring out the equipment is way easier: coolers to keep salad cool, ovens to get pizza hot, serve it all fast, and repeat. This interior design stuff is hard!