LETTERS TO THE EDITOR RICK HYNUM
Rebuilding With Pizza
In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, my business partners and
I made an unusual promise to our customers, our city and ourselves. In an all-but-destroyed culinary mecca long famous for
its boudin, beignets, po’boys and gumbo,
we pledged to “rebuild New Orleans one
pizza at a time.” Sure, it’s a catchy tagline,
but, for us, it’s much more than that. It’s a
challenging twist on our dream of bringing the crispy, cracker-thin pizzas we grew
up on to the city we always wanted to live
in. More importantly, it’s a mission statement—one that we’ve gladly dedicated
ourselves to fulfilling for the better part of
a decade now.
After Katrina, our uptown location [at
4218 Magazine St.] was among the very
few restaurants that reopened for business
the same day the city did. We proudly
fed city leaders, first responders, policemen, firemen, National Guardsmen and
hungry hurricane survivors alike. All we
had to offer were slices of pepperoni and
sausage, along with Coke, Diet Coke and
Budweiser. But we happily served it, and
the people working to save our city happily ate it.
Four years later—as the New Orleans
Saints began their march to the Super
Bowl and it started to look like our city
was not only going to survive, but actu-
ally thrive—we opened a second location
at 4024 Canal St. Soon we were feeding
everyone from longtime locals and Saints
players to musicians, artists and discerning
foodies. Meanwhile, Gambit, The Times-
Picayune and Zagat consistently listed us
among New Orleans’ top pizza restaurants.
Publisher Steve Green
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Co-Publisher Linda Green
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Editor-in-Chief Rick Hynum
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Editor at Large Liz Barrett
Senior Copy Editor Tracy Morin
Food Editor Michelle McAnally
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Art Director Kara Hoffman
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Designer Eric Summers
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Media Production Daniel Perea
Sales Director Linda Green
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Account Executive Clifton Moody
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Account Executive Tom Boyles
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Chief Financial Officer Shawn Brown
Circulation Manager Sherlyn Clark
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Director of Operations/
Event Coordinator Brian Hernandez
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U. S. Pizza Team Director Missy Green
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PMQ In TeRna TIOnal
PMQ China Yvonne Liu
PMQ Australia-NZ Tom Boyles
Pizza&Food Gabriele Ancona
French Liaison Julien Panet
Chef Santo Bruno
Michael J. Rasmussen
Winner of 5 ASBPE Awards
Winner of 4 GAMMA Awards
Congrats on the new opening, Jammer. We’re
glad to hear of Theo’s continued success in one
of our favorite cities in the world. We will
definitely drop by for a visit on our next trip
to New Orleans!
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