Tinkering with DRY’s Store Locator for any length of time, you’ll find DRY Soda carried in some pretty amazing independent cafes, restaurants, grocery stores and more. Each of these places has a story, so we’ve set out to bring you the best of these entrepreneurial endeavors to you in Retailer Tales.
Today’s Tale: Sizzle Pie
Chatting with: Bob Peyton, Director of Operations
Location: Portland, OR
Specialty: Metal, pizza, pizza, metal
In Portland’s Central Eastside, featured on USA Today‘s 10 best neighborhoods that tourists haven’t found yet, there’s a combination of loud, delicious, and ridiculous seriousness going on for most hours of the day. It’s Matt Jacobson and Mikey McKennedy’s pizza shop Sizzle Pie and, well, turns out it’s a combination of a lot of things.
After seeing a need for better nightlife in this particular part of Portland, Matt and Mikey decided that they “wanted to bring New York style with Northwest sensibility” by creating their pizza spot, according to Bob Peyton, SP’s Director of Operations. Throw in 365 days/late nights a year of pizza, and you’ve got yourself a better nightlife indeed.
As Bob points out, Matt and Mike have long been heavily influenced by music and therefore chose to infuse it as a core part of Sizzle Pie’s personality. “The tie with music and these guys runs deep. Matt is a record label owner and Mikey has been in the music scene for a long time, so it was a pretty natural integration,” Bob says. Because of this fact, aside from the delicious smell of local pizza, you’ll be greeted at Sizzle Pie with a healthy serving of metal, punk, rap, and whatever else is on the staff’s iPods or in the carefully curated jukebox.
Music is infused all the way down into the Sizzle Pie menu as well, featuring pies such as the Ace of Spades (pepperöni) or The Germs-alicious Lexicon Devil (Spicy Aardvark blended red sauce, fresh jalapeño, crushed garlic and chopped green onion). The shop is the perfect combination of pizza and personal passions. “It’s great though, because it’s a place for everyone, not just a certain demographic. Whether you’re into metal or not, you’re eating gluten gree, vegan, whatever: the pie here is for everybody and that’s what sets us apart,” Bob says.
Sizzle Pie sources its ingredients locally whenever possible and, as previously mentioned, caters its menu to any and all dietary choices. Bob’s favorite? “I like to keep it classic: cheese with Sriracha.”
Passion, personality, pizza, Portland. What more could you ask for?
Keep up with Sizzle Pie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and their website. Check out their shop locations: 624 E. Burnside St. or 926 W. Burnside St. in Portland, OR, with a new location opening soon in Eugene, OR!