SOURCE: Pizza House

November 26, 2007 09:15 ET

Ann Arbor's Pizza House Doubles in Size to Reduce Customer Wait Time

Family-Owned Business Grows From 20-Seat Pizzeria to 450-Seat Restaurant in 21 Years

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - November 26, 2007) - Not everyone is listening to doom and gloom about Michigan's economy, especially not Pizza House owners, brothers Dennis and Matt Tice, who recently doubled the size of their restaurant at 618 Church Street in Ann Arbor.

"Our customers actually made the decision for us," said Dennis. "We simply needed more space, and we were losing too many people, 50 to 80 people each week night alone and more on weekends, who didn't want to wait for as long as an hour or more to be seated."

The Tice brothers opened their first pizzeria in 1986, in an adjacent house on Church Street, which featured pizza deliveries and had seating capacity for only 20 customers.

In 1998, they moved across an adjacent parking lot to another building to open the 235-seat Pizza House. This year's latest renovation and expansion now offers seating capacity for 450, six private dining rooms, 20 plasma TVs, a larger bar and waiting area along with more behind-the-scenes storage space and a new prep kitchen.

"We're always listening to what our customers tell us, whether it's related to the menu or service," said Matt Tice. "As just one example, we've eliminated all trans-fat in our oils, and we're continually evaluating new menu items."

Known for serving the famous Chicago deep dish and traditional pizzas, the restaurant was recently voted "best pizza, best chipati™, best salads and best restaurant" by the Michigan Daily Readership Poll.

While the restaurant's seating capacity has doubled, the majority of sales have always come from Pizza House deliveries which are made throughout the University campus and Ann Arbor to as far as Saline and Ypsilanti for individual orders and for catered events.

According to Dennis, Pizza House will deliver anything on its menu, including pizzas, pasta dinners, chipatis™, burgers, salads and even desserts like hot fudge sundaes, which he admits is an unusual delivery request.

If you follow the Tice brothers at work with their management staff and more than 165 employees, you get the impression that they don't have much time to worry about the economy. They're too busy serving customers.

To place a delivery order, call 734-995-5095. To make a reservation, call 734-564-8686 and for more information, visit Pizza House is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily.

About Pizza House

Established in 1986, Pizza House is a family-owned business with restaurants in Ann Arbor and East Lansing, Michigan. Known for serving famous Chicago deep dish and traditional pizzas, pasta and everything in between, Pizza House was voted "best pizza, best chipati™, best salads, best restaurant" by Michigan Daily Readership Poll. Both restaurants provide full-service casual sophisticated dining with private dining rooms available and deliveries for individuals and catered events. For more information visit

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Dennis Tice
    Pizza House
    734-564-1096 (cell)
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    Margaret Blohm, APR
    Margaux & Associates, LLC
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