Buddy’s Pizza has long been a Detroit original. After 65 years in business, the restaurant that created the first square deep dish has a day to call it’s own.
June 23 is Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh made it official by presenting a resolution to Robert Jacobs, owner of Buddy’s Pizza, at the restaurant’s original location.
“Today is a celebration of our history, our city and our longstanding support of Detroit’s arts and culture,” said Jacobs. “We’re so proud to call this Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit.”
The mayor’s office issued a proclamation supporting the day, signed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Then, Buddy’s Pizza presented some news of their own. Jacobs unveiled the Motor City Pizza Collection, four new pizzas on the Buddy’s menu which are each associated with and benefiting a non-profit cultural institution in the metro Detroit area.
Each pizza features the original Buddy’s crust and a Motor City Cheese Blend of Fontinella, Asiago and brick cheeses. They include:
· The Detroit Institute of Arts – Topped with spinach and artichoke blend, capers, roasted tomatoes, parmesan and served with a fresh lemon wedge.
· The Henry Ford – Topped with red onion, seasoned ground beef, smoked bacon, bleu cheese, tomato basil sauce and parmesan.
· The Parade Company – Topped with fresh carrots, sliced grape tomatoes, tomato basil sauce and parmesan
· The Detroit Zoo – Topped with fresh basil, pine nuts and tomato basil sauce.
When customers purchase any of these pizzas from the menu, Buddy’s will donate $1 will to the non-profit institution throughout 2011. To show their collective support of the Motor City Pizza Collection, Director Ron Kagan of the Detroit Zoo; Annmarie Erickson, executive vice president of planning and administration at the DIA; Christian Overland, executive vice president of The Henry Ford and President and CEO Tony Michaels of Parade Company, which produces America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were on hand June 23 to celebrate Buddy’s Pizza Day in Detroit.
“We recognize that there is a strong and growing need for support of the arts in our community,” said Jacobs. “This was just another way for us to collaborate with and reach out to organizations we believe in, and partner with already. We hope in some small way it helps to raise awareness of the fine art and cultural offerings we have here, and inspires our customers to protect them.”
Buddy’s Pizza is always willing to experiment with new recipes. That was the case when the original 6 Mile location began selling Kid Rock’s American Badass beer. Not only will you find the lager behind the bar, you can taste it incorporated into the famous crust of Buddy’s own Kid Rock’s Badass Detroiter pizza. A true celebration of Detroit in time for the restaurant’s 65th anniversary, the rocker was kind enough to lend his name and beer to the new menu offering.
“It doesn’t get much more Detroit than Kid Rock, and that was the pure inspiration behind the Kid Rock’s Badass Detroiter pizza,” said Jacobs. “We’re so pleased to know he’s a fan of Buddy’s and we’re so proud of his success. We certainly share an immense amount of Detroit pride.”
Buddy’s Pizza intends to share that pride with their customers throughout this, its 65th anniversary year. The restaurant is offering customer cards with monthly deals. Once a month through December 15 cardholders can purchase an 8-square cheese pizza for $6.50 and add extra toppings for 65 cents each.