Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bricker's Pit Road Pizza, South Whitley

Lisa Bricker of Bricker’s Pit Road Pizza opened the doors of the former Charlie’s Pizza July 1. The little restaurant offers a carryout menu with free delivery.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)



By TRSmith
Editor
SOUTH WHITLEY – The gourmet pizza varieties include The Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 Meat Lovers and the Pit Road Taco. Perfect names for the little restaurant named Bricker’s Pit Road Pizza & More with the NASCAR-inspired decorations.
Lisa and Todd Bricker bought the business at 211 South State Street in South Whitley on July 1 and have a menu featuring pizza, sub sandwiches and salads along with appetizers, egg rolls and drinks.
“I love people,” said Lisa, “and I’m always thinking: what can I do to make them happy?”
How about throwing out the measuring cups?
“Nothings really measured,” Lisa says with a smile. “I make pizza by adding the meat, the vegetables, the cheese, until it looks right to me.”
The result is a big tasty pizza or a delicious sub sandwich.
In additon to the pizza alread listed other varieties (in 7-, 10-, 14- or 16-inch sizes) include Digger’s veggie lover, buffalo chicken, chicken club, Hawaiian, Mexican supreme, Canadian bacon and spinach and mushroom.
Featured sub sandwiches are the ham and cheese, stromboli, Italian, ham and bacon, BLT, meatball, American, BBQ chicken, chicken ranch and garlic chicken and bacon – or – make your own with five of 17 available toppings.
Appetizers include breadsticks and cheese, hot pepper cheese sticks, onion rings, rollups and wings. And, of course, a Dale Jr. Sausage Roll.
While the restaurant offers one table-for-two, it’s a good idea to plan on carry out or have your order delivered, just in case that table is occupied.
The Brickers decided to expand hours to include lunch and be open well into the evening on Friday and Saturday nights.
The business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and opens at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Order ahead by calling 723-5675.
It’s not her first foray into the restaurant business. About seven years ago she and her mother, Mildred Sellers, and her aunt, Etta Smith, and cousin, Denise Smith, operated the Lincolnville Restaurant near Salamonie Reservoir.
Lisa and Todd married a year ago. They live in Pierceton. The couple have three children: Alicia, 18, Jacob, 14, and the late Jesse.

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