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Galactic also came up
with a pretty ingenious way
to keep its pizza boxes out
of the landfill. Boxes are
100-percent compostable
and they also serve as
coupons. Customers return
them to the pizzeria to be
composted and they receive
$1 off their next purchase.
It's a concept that
has resonated with its
Uptown community since
Pete Bonahoom founded
Galactic Pizza in 2004.
It also resonated with
John Wackerman when
Bonahoom was ready to sell
Galactic in 2016.
Wackerman calls it
"serendipity." It's the pizza
business that he had been
scouring the Twin Cities in
search of. "I thank God for
Pete Bonahoom, the man

who started the business,"
Wackerman says. "He came
up with this concept of 'I
want to have a business that
does good things.'"
Admittedly not an
impulsive man, Wackerman
says he jumped at the
opportunity to buy the pizza
business. "We knew that
Galactic Pizza was a really
good restaurant," he says.
"It had a great concept. It
had a great location, a great
product, a great everything."
Wackerman purchased
the business in December
2016. Bonahoom stayed on
during a short transition
but Wackerman was now in
charge of Galactic.
It was rough for awhile,
Wackerman admits. There
was extensive turnover,
product quality took a

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hit and sales began to
fall. Steadily, he began to
incorporate his vision and
found his go-to managers
and employees and sales
began to rebound.
"There is a lot of
satisfaction when you see
something come together
and start to be mine and to
grow - and to grow in the
direction I want it to grow
in," Wackerman says. "It's a
good feeling."
Wackerman hired a Search
Engine Optimization expert
to help drive online traffic in
specific areas, like growing
its catering business. He has
also added more local beers
to its menu.
Adapting to his ownership
style took time, Wackerman
says. He's a hands-on
operator who loves to

interact with customers in
the front of the house. He
also says everyone has a seat
at the table. Managers and
employees are encouraged
to speak up with ideas and
criticism, but he cautions
that his team must do so
with civility.
While Galactic's team
has evolved, its menu

has remained core to those
original values of fresh and
local. The pizzeria partners
with a local communitysupported agriculture (CSA)
organization to feature
aptly named The CSA
Pizza, spotlighting local and
seasonal produce. During
Pizza Today's visit last fall,
The CSA Pizza had a beetpuree base and was topped
with roasted carrots, red


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Pizza Today - February 2018
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
At Your Service
Destinations
Knead to Know
Family Friendly
Flavored Pasta
Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Dried Herbs
E-Mail Marketing
Food Cost Basics
Road to Pizza Expo
Five Can’t-Miss Expo Events
Pizza Today on the Road: Galactic Pizza Minneapolis, Mn
Pizza Today on the Road: King Dough Bloomington, in
Preferred Supplier
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthy Tip
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Cover2
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Contents
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Contributors
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 11
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 13
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Interact
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 15
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Conversation
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 17
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 19
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 21
Pizza Today - February 2018 - At Your Service
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 23
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Destinations
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 25
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Knead to Know
Pizza Today - February 2018 - 27
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - 29
Pizza Today - February 2018 - Family Friendly
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Flavored Pasta
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Dried Herbs
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - E-Mail Marketing
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Food Cost Basics
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Road to Pizza Expo
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Five Can’t-Miss Expo Events
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Pizza Today on the Road: Galactic Pizza Minneapolis, Mn
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Pizza Today on the Road: King Dough Bloomington, in
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Pizza Today - February 2018 - Preferred Supplier
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