Rather than just stating the obvious mission statement of this endeavor, I’d like to explain it philosophically and to do that there needs to be a bit of background explaining…
Before Stanley’s Famous Pit BBQ and all that we collectively brought to that table, there was Nick and Jen, a couple of kids who had been raised steeped in separate, but equal parts of FOOD and the mega-industry it has become.
Nick’s father was an executive chef and an integral part of developing menus, front and back of house operations and the financial success of many institutions for decades. Nick being an observant kid, seized it all and held onto the dream of being able to recreate that in his own way and in his own time.
I, on the other hand, was raised by a bake chef (my mother) and I watched her graduate from culinary school and then do what anybody who loves food does… GROW! On an acre garden in the Adirondack Mountains, we grew, harvested and nourished ourselves on what we cultivated.
The inception of that fresh farm to table life began for me those thirty years ago. I know good food. I was raised on it! Flash forward a couple of decades and a bunch of traveling (individually), to this current day where Nick and I, have collectively gathered a team of people with an understanding of FOOD and how to make it fantastic, fun and still live up to its intention, NOURISHMENT! Both for our bodies and for our souls.
In our community of friends, who also know good food, but frankly, don’t have many options; we are here with an idea. An idea we are ready to share. Our neighborhood (Midtown) is thriving and the corner lot that we have chosen at 5th and Fleishel is a fantastic spot for new, and exciting good eats. It’s in the heart of the medical district and positively teeming with excitement about the new nursing school at TJC, all the while being super close to Tyler’s historic downtown.
Our neighbors need fresh food, prepared quickly (but with care) that makes them feel good about what they’ve chosen! Combine that, with what we’ve always felt that Tyler is lacking, a GREAT pizza and a friendly ambiance to share it and that’s our mission. Primarily great pizza, freshly prepared, handmade dough, loaded with unique toppings that are roasted fresh onsite daily and further menu offerings prepared with the same insight and intention and there’s our recipe for success.
Create food with intention and encourage folks to dine with that same intention lends itself to the ultimate philosophy of our mission. A well-intended atmosphere to share good food and good times! The insight into what would become our inspiration for this project is truly the town itself. When we have time to sit in our garden of dreams and fantasize about what we’d like to do next (and best), it comes back to give our community what it needs (and deserves). We hope you’ll join us on this journey and we look forward sharing it with you. Cheers!