To put our money where our mouth is…or should we say, to put our deep dish where our mouth is, we’re challenging Cleveland pizzeria, Antonio’s to a friendly wager.
Check out Marc Malnati’s challenge to Antonio’s below!
We have a reply! Vincent from Antonio’s has accepted the wager…with a few modifications.
It’s official! Earlier today, Rick Malnati was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a ground breaking at the site of the next Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, located near Midway Airport at 6456 South Cicero Avenue!
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, Alderman Marty Quinn, President of the Malnati Organization, Mark Agnew, and Director of Facilities, Sasha Milosavljevich were also on hand to celebrate the ground breaking. Malnati shared excitement about joining the growing Midway neighborhood:
“We are thrilled to be able to join the Midway neighborhood. A number of developments are breaking ground along Cicero Avenue, and we’re excited to see the neighborhood change for the better.”
Mayor Emanuel echoed this sentiment, saying, “This new pizzeria is a win for the Midway neighborhood.” After the speeches and ground breaking, the group also enjoyed a “first bite” of Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza.
Check out a few photos from the day below…
What was the total? Upwards of $280,000!
These much needed funds will be donated to cancer research and treatment programs at the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Gilda’s Club. We are proud to continue to support these organizations!
The Cancer Research Benefit took place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 and guests embraced the theme of the event by donning Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts for a “Lou’au.” We also held our first ever online auction after the event, raising even more money for the cause.
Thank you again to all of the supporters of the 46th Annual Lou Malnati’s Cancer Research Benefit…we’ll see you next year!
The new pizzeria is located at 3315 Vollmer Road and will offer carryout, delivery (within zone) and catering of Chicago’s best deep dish pizza. Get ready, Flossmoor…Lou Malnati’s is opening in just a few days!
Looking to join our team? Lou Malnati’s Flossmoor is hiring! View open positions ›
It was this very location in the Flossmoor Commons Centre which almost bankrupted our 45 year old company in 1978… Read More ›
Dear Loyal Customers:
Maybe you have heard some whispers about Lou Malnati’s partnering with a new investor. Well, it’s true, and I want to assure you that our deep dish pizza – the one that you love and crave – will continue to be just what you expect. We, along with our new partner, are committed to keeping the same dedication to excellence in every step of the pizza, so every bite is as mouthwatering as you have always known it to be.
It is business as usual for us, so your pizzas will continue to be served with the same hospitality and authentic Chicago-style experience as it has been over the past 46 years by the same caring and dedicated team members you see week in and week out. And, whether you like it or not, I’m not going anywhere either! I plan to remain an active owner and will work alongside our management team and employees as I have always done, fully involved in this business that I am so passionate about.
This is an exciting time for Lou Malnati’s, as I made the decision to partner with this investor, BDT Capital, so that our company can focus on growth, both with our people and our business. After all, we would like to share Chicago’s legendary pizza with others across the country. It’s only fair that we do! But we promise that we will grow slowly, like the time it takes to cook a deep-dish pizza perfectly, maintaining our consistency and quality. This is part of a growth strategy, not a cost-cutting measure.
I look forward to seeing you in one of our pizzerias soon. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
Owner, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Questions? Please contact us. We would love to address any of your questions or concerns!
We take pride in providing a family culture for all of our employees, so this announcement was just as important for our team as it was for our customers. Read Marc Malnati’s letter to the entire Lou Malnati’s team announcing this news here.
Fun fact: Monday, September 5th also happens to be National Cheese Pizza Day…if you needed another reason to eat pizza on Labor Day, there you have it!
We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend!