Family-owned Houston pizzeria eyes third location

From the Houston Business Journal

Oct 25, 2017 | Jen Para

Houston-based Pizaro’s Pizza is staying in the family — and Houston —for its next period of growth.

The pizzeria’s founder, Bill Hutchinson, handed over the reins of the business to his daughter, Nicole Bean, in July. Together, they’re looking for the restaurant’s third location.

“The leadership transfer, when you look at the succession plan, has gone as flawlessly as possible,” Hutchinson said. “It’s a natural progress to let the young ones take over.”

But Hutchinson isn’t completely gone from the restaurant.

“I spend time with my customers because that’s what I enjoy doing,” he said. “We have a pizza school, and I’m more into gear with the training now, and I’m doing the legwork for looking at new sites.”

As to where the next location will be, the father and daughter didn’t have any specifics but said they were actively looking. Houston-based Littwitz Investments Inc. is helping them find the perfect spot.

“We’re not going to rush to get it done just because we want to,” Bean said. “It’s something that’s going to take time.”

Hutchinson added that they have several factors, such as road construction, for selecting a new site.

“We take our time and are pretty methodical about the site,” he added. “Site selection is everything to us.”

Hutchinson brought his Neapolitan-style pizza to Houston six years ago at 14028 Memorial Drive after growing tired of selling gasoline equipment. As the restaurant grew under him and his son, Hutchinson called Bean in to help out the family business in 2013. She had been working eight years at Juicy Couture. Two years later, they opened a second Pizaro’s Pizza location, at 1000 West Gray St., which also serves New York and Detroit style pizza.

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