Pete's Restaurant & Brewhouse treats visitors to feasts of classic American and Italian cuisine, with hearty burgers, saucy pastas, and handmade pizzas. Diners dig in to chicken philly sandwiches, plates of spaghetti bolognese, and hand-tossed pies made in the traditional New York style with whole-milk mozzarella, all-natural tomato sauce, and tiny skyscrapers. A separate gluten-free menu caters to clients with special dietary needs, while a lineup of house-brewed beers and craft brews pair perfectly with steak salads, chicken parm, and fish and chips.
As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.
In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.