In 1995, Lou Malnati’s Lawndale opened with the goal of helping to rejuvenate the neighborhood and serve the residents of Lawndale delicious pizza, of course! We promised to give any profits from the store back to the community to benefit children’s educational and recreational programs. In 2011, the Lawndale restaurant turned its first profit, and as promised, the money was donated back to the community.
We hired local and we partnered with the Lawndale Community Church to create a job-training program for residents of the church’s recovery program, Hope House, to get them back in the working world. We hoped to be a gathering place for the neighborhood. A place where milestones and celebrations could be had in an area where not many restaurants ventured. In 2011, the Lawndale restaurant turned its first profit, and as promised, the money was donated back to the community. Despite years falling short on profits, the strength and success of the project was found in the community. Those who have served within the Lawndale store will tell you their hearts were forever changed by the relationships forged within its walls. Lives were rebuilt and faith restored, by both employer and employees.
After 25 years in Lawndale, we remain resolute in our commitment to this community. We are reminded to expand our horizons and break down barriers which prevent us from relationships and experiences that will enrich our team and company for the better.
We love being a part of the Lawndale community, and we’re looking forward to many more years of giving back!