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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Have a Pizza Problem

    Its just a mental illness I suppose, but it has something to do with real old fashioned homemade cooking. Not just good commercial franchise stuff but the real deal as it was meant to be. There are many genre but the jist is the same. It seems that I would love to see more Mom and pop shops that produce outstanding pizza, I would like to be one of them but in Houston people are more into cheap franchise junk.
    I have a great location at 2700sqft @.90 sqft, parking not great but OK, access is good. I would love to build a real oven ( wood fired ) I am not sure you can convince Houstonians to embrace the idea.
    We started a coffee roasting business ( Hopsoncoffee) but have only managed some Internet sales, Houston of 4 million is not much of a coffee town.. I would offer some baking and espresso in the AM but its not sitting in the right position for traffic which you need lots of to have a successful coffee shop, but I do like the combination ( Italian theme, espresso and pizza) anyway back to my wishful thinking.
    Bill

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    Re: Have a Pizza Problem

    Bill,

    I keep thinking about starting a take out and delivery pizzeria that makes great wood fired pizza. It doesn't go with your espresso theme, but is there a viable business model competing with Dominos in your neck of Houston?
    James
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

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      Re: Have a Pizza Problem

      We have only one Pizza place close by, its Fuzzys, they do have great pizza, though not wood fired. I think the dough it very tasty although the crust varies at time. They use somewhat upscale ingredients. I had lunch with George Bush Sr. the other day, its his favorite pizza place. They have 3-4 locations around Houston and do a good business. They are not cheap nor are the sides. They are in a strip center that run down, however that might change because I-10 west is under major renovation ( 20 lane freeway ) and all the old business along the freeway are being knocked down for new.
      I have some food experience, mostly fundraising or charity events. I just finished burger cookout for 2000 last month and will do several of these a year. I have a BBQ trailer and grill system. I would love to build pizzas with my BBQ Chicken, Pork, Sausage.
      I have been in Electrical construction for 25 years and build several restaurants ( Dennys, Fijata Willies, I-Hop ) and have designed a commissary for city approval.
      So I am not new to the business, and realize it is very hard to make a profit in the business, franchise or not.
      I think if you are a mom and pop shop you have to stand out to be successful, I always will look for these however most of the time I will have a referral before venturing in. I am much opposed to the franchise takeover but I am as much opposed to poor M&P shops and can clearly understand why franchises are succeeding.
      The first question I ask myself, how much money do I want to make? I am not sure about Pizza but 10-15 net is probably close maybe 20% if you work it right. I would need to gross 500k min. That's a lot of pie, 114 per day at 7 days and 138 at 6 day weeks. That's also paying me to be manager so there still not any real profit. I think it takes thousands of customers to sell that much.
      I still think this area is in need of this style of Pizza, its only a matter of time.
      Bill

      BTW roadfood.com is a great resource for M&P cafes and restaurants

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