Pizza House celebrates 65 years in Springfield
October marks some major milestone for Pizza House - 65 years of operation and 15 years in the current home on C-Street. Many of the customers who regularly visit Pizza House on C-Street followed the restaurant from its original location at Glenstone and Bennett.
Stephanie Grevillius is a long-time customer at Pizza House, Saying, "It's one of our favorite places. "
Rented Air Force veterans Dee Smith and Pat Clark opened Pizza House in October of 1958, but in 2008 the restaurant was forced to find a new home because of issues with the landlord at the time. "We had to find something real quick," said Stacey Schneider, owner of Pizza House. "Found it up here on C-Street and we picked up our booths and our ovens and our attitudes, walked out the door and started everything new and fresh over here."
It may be a different building, but some things have stayed the same, including the thin hand tossed crust, homemade dough and sauce and even some of the booths from the original building. Schneider first worked for Pizza House when she was 15 and is a well-known face throughout the restaurant.
"A lot of these couples that I still know today that are becoming great grandparents," Schnieder said. "Some of their first dates that they ever went on was over there at that Bennett and Glenstone location."
Now Schneider said C-Street feels like home, and her workers and customers are like family. "So, when she came barreling up to the old Pizza House location and said, I think I've got a place for you, and she told me it was on C-Street, I was like, Oh, let's get going," Schnider said. "And it was it was just a perfect fit. You could fit. You could just feel it couldn't have done any better. Things happen for a reason, for sure."
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