DETROIT (June 16, 2015) – For nearly seven decades, Detroit’s original square Sicilian-style pizza has been perfecting square pies and earning credibility with foodies across the nation. Every Friday from June 26 to Aug. 28, Buddy’s Pizza fans can enjoy a harmonious blend of two Motor City classics during Motown Fridays. Classic tunes like those of The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and other Detroit music legends will be piped through the family-owned restaurant’s 11 locations, while fans dine on the newly-introduced Motown Museum pizza.
The pizza will feature Buddy’s new “old world” pepperoni, bacon and Motor City cheese blend, a mix of Fontinella, Asiago and brick cheeses, with Buddy’s original sauce on the famous crunchy crust. Even more exciting, for each Motown Museum pizza sold, Buddy’s will donate $1 to the museum in support of the continued preservation of Detroit’s musical history. As an added bonus on Motown Fridays $2 for each Motown Museum pizza purchased will be given back to the museum.
“Just a few miles from where we invented the original square Sicilian-style pizza, Berry Gordy and his team invented the Motown Sound at Hitsville, U.S.A.,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza vice president of operations. “A lot of great things have come out of Detroit, and from one Motor City original to another, it’s an honor to support the Motown Museum and help ensure the continued preservation of our city’s rich cultural history.”
Buddy’s will add the Motown Museum pizza to the Motor City Pizza Collection, which launched in 2011 in honor of the first Buddy’s Pizza Day. Reflecting the restaurants’ support of many of the city’s cherished cultural institutions, the collection currently features pies named for The Henry Ford, The Parade Company, The Detroit Zoo, Detroit Institute of Arts and now the Motown Museum.
Motown Museum Chairman and CEO Robin Terry noted that Buddy’s Pizza is a Detroit icon, as is Motown Records. Buddy’s was a favorite at the Hitsville House in the 60s, and like the Motown Museum, has focused on being a place for families to connect and create memories.
“The Motown Museum is honored to be included among other uniquely Detroit institutions in the Buddy’s Pizza Motor City Pizza Collection,” said Terry. “The Museum prides itself on continuing our mission, which is to preserve and protect the Motown legacy, while serving as a partner to the businesses and organizations that are making our local community thrive. This relationship with Buddy’s Pizza will help to further strengthen our presence as one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations, and allows us to extend some additional benefits to our Motown Museum family of members.”
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Motown Museum launched its ‘30 for 30’ #IamMotown membership campaign, allowing fans to claim the Motown brand as their own, and become card-carrying members of the museum. For just $30, patrons can invest in the preservation, conservation and expansion of the Motown Museum and its professionally curated collection of exhibits, artifacts and treasured Motown memorabilia. For more information on Motown Museum and membership, visit www.motownmuseum.org.
Partnership with Alliance for the Great Lakes extended
Also this summer and 3 years after Buddy’s Pizza introduced its Made in Michigan Great Lakes Pizza Collection featuring five Detroit-style pizzas inspired by the state’s freshwater lakes, the family-owned restaurant has rekindled its charitable partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Now through Labor Day, any time patrons order from the Great Lakes Pizza Collection, a portion of the money from those pizzas will help local schools learn about the Great Lakes through the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ curricular resource Great Lakes in my World, teacher trainings and Adopt-a-Beach program. This educational program includes service learning visits, provides students with place-based education and uses the local community as its natural setting to offer hands-on, inquiry-based and real world experiences.
About Buddy’s Pizza
Sixty-nine years since the introduction of the first square pizza, Buddy’s Pizza thrives in metro Detroit with 11 locations that serve the loyal clientele who have consistently made the brand a favorite nationwide. Buddy’s has been recognized as one 50 States, 50 Pizzas and Destination Pizza and 10 pies worth a trip by Zagat; one of the Nation’s Five Best Pizza Places by the Food Network; dubbed the Hottest Independent Pizzeria in the Nation by Pizza Today; one of the best 25 Pizzas in America by GQ and one of the 25 best pizza spots in the US by Food & Wine Magazine. For more information, visit www.buddyspizza.com.
Photo image courtesy of Buddy’s Pizza