Pink’s provides pizza pizzazz
The Pink’s Pizza dream came to life after Vice President of Marketing and Design Ken Shepard realized the importance of being born into the Cougar culture.
Along with the sports bar environment, Pink’s Pizza’s UH location has a library lounge with free Wi-Fi, shelved books and sofas where students can study or work. It will also be the company’s first location to have a full bar with tapped and locally-brewed beers, including the 8th Wonder Brewery, co-founded and master-brewed by Aaron Corsi, a lecturer for the Conrad N. Hilton College.
“My parents also attended the University, and I knew I wanted to have some kind of presence here once I became involved with this company,” Shepard said.
Unlike other Pink’s Pizza locations, the UH location is twice the average size.
“We wanted to make this special and unique to the University,” Shepard said. “We even added a new section on the menu for fresh salads for a delicious and healthy option for $5.”
The menu contains many specialty pizzas that include popular pies such as the Big Boss, a meat lover’s pizza, and the Rocko, topped with Italian sausages, Canadian bacon, portabella mushrooms, red bell peppers, red onion and tomatoes.
The grade-A ingredients create higher-than-average prices. However, a lot of people feel that Pink’s Pizza creates the best pie in town, Shepard said.
“We have specialty pies for everybody’s taste,” Shepard said. “If specialty pies are not the student’s thing, then they could create their own custom pies.”
A slice price wall will be put up for students who are in a hurry.
“We can turn that slice around really quickly, so students could go back to class or do whatever they need to do,” Shepard said.
Pink’s Pizza held a pre-grand opening for the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 4, and it will cater the The Cat’s Back event on Wednesday.
Visitors can also expect more sporting events, such as the upcoming Super Bowl.
“Anytime that there’s a special event, like there’s a big game and if it’s on TV, we’re going have it going on here,” Shepard said. “The students are going to tell us what they want. That’s something we’re going to look at.”
A phone application is under construction, but students are able to order online for delivery throughout the campus.
For more information or to make an order, visit pinkspizza.com.