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customers. Where they used to order (a
bottle of wine) once a month, now they
can order once a week here. It creates
regulars. Most of our customers are
weekly."
Wine tastings with specialized menus
are held on occasion -- typically on
Mondays when the restaurant is closed
-- and "the feedback that I get on those
(specialty pizzas created for the event)
will tend to land on our seasonal pizza
menu," Kevin says, adding that it is a
great way to try out new pizzas without
a long-term menu commitment.
They also offer a few beers on tap,
focusing on local craft beer if they can
get it.
 
The Plauts were initially
challenged by the day-to-day
financial aspects of running a

business -- such as taxes and local

regulations -- but now no longer find

it necessary to be on-site daily. "We
have a great staff here," Kevin says.
On average, the restaurant employs
about 25 people, with the majority
of employees part-time. "We've had
longevity in our staff and everybody
that comes in cares about the place and
takes care of it when we're not here."
"We're very fortunate," Anne adds.
Taking care of their employees is
essential to the Plauts' success, and
they've found their employees to be the
best ambassadors for their own brand.
"They're going to create success for
you and for the restaurant," Kevins says.
When it comes to opening a
second store, "we go back and
forth, but our focus has been on Still
Riding Foods and making sure that
this restaurant maintains quality and
appeal," Kevin says. "As more and more
pizza places open up, they've been kind

of gearing themselves toward what
we've been doing for a while with the
specialty pizzas and using some unique
and funky ingredients. ... We always
want to make sure we're ahead of the
curve."
Aside from Facebook, Instagram
and a well-designed Web site, Anne
says "we a do a lot of outreach with the
community (like) fund-raising for local
organizations and charities, schools and
teams that need to raise money for their
athletic departments. Community is
important to us."
After all, success is best measured by
the people who work and dine at any
restaurant. n
MANDY WOLF DETWILER is

editor at Pizza Today.

managing

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - June 2017

Pizza Today - June 2017
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Respecting the Craft
On Tap
Destinations
Knead to Know
Turn Down the Sound
Pizza Style Guide
Adding Sustainable Food
Caprese Across the Menu
Employee Reviews
Increasing Check Averages
Pizza Today on the Road: Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT
Pizza Today on the Road: The Original Vazzy’s, Bridgeport, CT
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Trending Recipe
Pizza Today - June 2017 - CT1
Pizza Today - June 2017 - CT2
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Pizza Today - June 2017
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Cover2
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Commentary
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 4
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 5
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Contents
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 7
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 8
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 9
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Contributors
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 11
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 13
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Interact
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 15
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Conversation
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 17
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 19
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Respecting the Craft
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 21
Pizza Today - June 2017 - On Tap
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 23
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Destinations
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 25
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Knead to Know
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 27
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 28
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 29
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Turn Down the Sound
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 31
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 32
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 33
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Pizza Style Guide
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 35
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 36
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 37
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Adding Sustainable Food
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 39
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 40
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 41
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Caprese Across the Menu
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 43
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Employee Reviews
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Pizza Today - June 2017 - 46
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 47
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Increasing Check Averages
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Pizza Today - June 2017 - 50
Pizza Today - June 2017 - 51
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT
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Pizza Today - June 2017 - Pizza Today on the Road: The Original Vazzy’s, Bridgeport, CT
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Product Showcase
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Pizza Today - June 2017 - 63
Pizza Today - June 2017 - Pizza Today Yellow Pages
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Pizza Today - June 2017 - The Marketplace
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