A pizza shack in the Sydney suburb of North Sydney was a hot spot for some of Australia’s most affluent families in the early 20th century, but that changed when the local authorities shut it down in the late 1960s.
More than a decade after the pizza shop closed its doors, a group of family members set about restoring it to its former glory, and today it has become a tourist attraction.
The Pizza Shack is on the outskirts of the city’s old town, a sprawling suburb that has a population of around 6,000 people.
As well as being a landmark for the suburb, it has been a tourist destination for decades, with many visitors bringing their children and grandchildren to play in the outdoor playground.
For years, the area has been known as the Pizza Hut Supermarket, a reference to the famous pizza shop from the film of the same name.
Its owners and employees have been keen to restore the building, but this time around, they are taking the opportunity to promote the Pizza Shack brand in a more commercial way.
They are offering discounts on the pizza at the Supermarket when they open on Thursday.
According to the Pizza Shop website, they have a special deal for those visiting for the first time, and will offer discounts of up to 30 per cent off their usual price of $13.99 for adults and $8.99 per adult and $5.99 each for children.
“The pizza is a special and special food that we will always try to provide,” said Pizza Shop owner Paul Kline, who has been selling the restaurant’s pizza to tourists for the past 40 years.
He said the Superstore’s promotion of the Pizza and Pizza Hut brand was a good idea.
“When the Pizza Store was here, people used to come here for pizza, so they would come here and spend $1,000, or $2,000 to $3,000 on a pizza,” he said.
Paul Kline said the Pizza & Pizza Hut Pizza promotion would benefit the local economy.
“They’re a local business that’s in a good spot and I think it’s a good time to do it, to get people to come and shop, and to help support local businesses.”‘
Pizza Hut is one of Australias best-known family owned restaurants’The Pizza Shop’s website also includes a message from Pizza Hut’s founder and current president, Tim Foley.
Mr Foley said he wanted to “thank all the families that have visited the Pizza Shoppe over the years”.
“We always have a smile on our faces because we’re a family run business, we’re not a profit-driven business,” he told ABC Radio Sydney.
“We’re very proud of the work we do and proud to have the Pizza shoppe in our backyard.”
He said he had wanted to promote his family’s brand “from a local level to the national level”.
“If you look at Pizza Hut, they’re one of the biggest family-owned pizza companies in Australia, they do so much good in Australia,” he added.
“I think it will help to expand the brand further in Australia.”
If we can do that, we think we can be a major player in Australia.
“A recent survey showed that Australians aged 18 to 34 are more likely to shop at Pizza Shops, with almost half of people buying their pizza there, compared with 44 per cent of people over the age of 50.
In fact, Pizza Hut has become so popular in Australia that the restaurant chain now has about a third of the total pizza sales in the country.
When asked if they wanted to see Pizza Hut go into other areas of business, Mr Foley said they would not be doing that for the moment.”
What we’re doing is, we want to keep Pizza Shoots here in Sydney, and that’s what we’re going to do.
“We want to do that for another 50 years.”
“I don’t want to sell pizza in any other parts of Australia,” Mr Foley told ABC radio.
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