A LOVE OF PIZZA
A PASSION FOR PEOPLE
The story of Revival Pizza Company is best told in three parts with a prologue about the lucky straw I drew being born to two wonderful parents and into a loving extended family.
Prologue; You ever get excited after someone compliments you? Ever get in an immeasurable good mood when someone believes in you and supports your ideas? That's the feeling I enjoyed growing up, especially in my eyeliner/rock band/finding myself phase. They've been encouragers, supporters, and a consistent source of love since I can remember. That's where the foundation of Revival Pizza Company comes from.
Revival; to make something popular, active, or important again. In the 1960s and 70s New York City was littered with Revival Houses, cinemas that showed Hollywood's Golden films and classic movies. It served as a way for people to re-experience things from their childhood while simultaneously creating new experiences, a melting of the past and present. On the other side of the world and for many decades people have experienced a religious Awakening or Revival that renews their faith in Jesus Christ and in a need for a Savior. My earliest memories of going to Southern Baptist Revivals was mostly filled with disdain and a desire to be anywhere else due to the hell fire and brimstone scare tactics of most preachers I encountered. As I've grown in my faith, I now see these times as an opportunity to renew my relationship with God, and my desire to love others well.
Pizza; four words: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" My desire for pizza comes from years of sitting in front of a television watching Donatello and the boyz rough up Shredder's Foot Clan and then scarfing down that drippy cheesy goodness. For years after that I spent plenty of time enjoying pizza during birthday parties, end of year sports parties, school rewards day, and many late nights. While pizza not only tastes amazing it has the mystical ability to bring people together and spark deeply opinionated debates. Chicago or New York? Pineapple or Not? I always side with beauty is in the eye of the beholder and good pizza is in the hand of the one eating! No matter your opinion, we hope to enjoy your friendship.
Company; writing this in the time of Covid-19 has a strange feel to it. Like a "remember when we hung out in the same room together and went to concerts ages ago" kind of feeling. Anyway, Company; remember when your parents would say, "ya'll clean up, we got company coming over!" That's when you knew it was going to be a rad night with loud music, your parents not caring what time you went to bed, them and their friends laughing, you and other kids trying to spy on them, or sneak a sip of their beer, man that was a blast. For us at RPco the word company doesn't represent business it represents this feeling. The feeling of enjoying the company of others and living Jesus' command to love others, Mr. Rogers' attitude of being neighbors, and my parents' actions of loving me for who I am. We want a Revival of good pizza, but also a Revival of treating each other like we all have inherent value. No matter what you believe, know this, we love you, we're grateful you read this, and appreciate everyone that chooses to grace our doors for a slice, a burger, a beer, or to say hello.