Angry Petes Story:
At around age 10 I started delivering newspapers in Michigan. 6am, half the year in the freezing snow dropping off hundreds of heavy newspapers.
By age 16 I had saved up enough to buy a car, so instead of delivering newspapers I started to deliver pizzas. As a teenager I liked to drive fast & reckless, so within 6 months I had amassed enough speeding tickets to get my license suspended.
I went to my boss and apologized that I couldn’t work anymore, and she laughed at me. She said I could still work there in the kitchen.
I had no desire to work in a hot sweaty kitchen, nor any interest in cooking. But I needed a job, so I grudgingly accepted. What I thought would be a terrible experience was actually quite enjoyable for me! Within 2 years I was assistant manager there, but I wanted to learn more.
In 1999 I went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in AZ. Since then I’ve worked at numerous places such as hotels, casinos, country clubs & restaurants, doing fine dining, pastries, sushi, Italian, Irish, and many other styles of cuisine.
My goal was always to own my own restaurant. So for the past 15 years, I’ve only accepted Executive Chef positions at brand new places, so I could gain 1st hand experience opening new restaurants.
In 2016 I knew I wanted to do Detroit Style Pizza, so I spent years trying to figure out how to get the funding. By 2018 I knew I wasn’t going to be able to find investors, no one had ever even heard of Detroit style pizza in San Diego, so they weren’t interested in investing. They all said it would never work in SD, people only want thin crust pizza here. Serve tacos or burgers they said.
I knew it was go time, but without an actual location how could I do it? Let’s start small and try to get some investors!
I started doing pop ups at festivals, farmers markets & breweries. Within 2 years I opened up my 1st mini kitchen inside of a brewery.
Two years later we have four locations inside of bars & breweries (Desi’s Bar in Point Loma, JP’s Pub in Tierrasanta, Little Miss Brewing in Poway & Lakeside). No partnerships, no investors, no marketing, no funding. Just pure passion & lots of hard work.
Before Covid hit, I applied for the new restaurant space at Santee Lakes. I didn’t get the spot, which actually worked out good, because I wasn’t really ready for that big of jump at the time. Now that I have the experience of opening 4 new locations, I’m ready for it!
This has been a goal of mine for years, and I’m happy to announce that Angry Petes Pizza will be opening up soon inside of Santee Lakes! We’re excited to to provide our Detroit Style Pizza & comfort food to the park & the community of Santee. We plan to continue providing top notch customer service & high quality Detroit Style Pizza, and we’re looking forward to being more involved with the Santee community!
Hope to see you all there soon, Slainte!