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"BEING A CORPORATE
GUY FOR SO LONG,
I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND
THE FRATERNITY OF
THE INDEPENDENT
PIZZA SHOPS."
- NICK BOGACZ

with a culinary background could be
-- even in a place that features beer
and pizza.
When Von Hansen joined the team
three years ago, Bogacz had a list of
goals, "and one of those goals was (to)
go to Pizza Expo and win," he says.
Surely such a move would put Caliente
on the map.
And win they did -- Von Hansen
took home the first-place win in
2018 in the non-traditional category
for his Wagyu Beef Truffle Fromage
pizza, which combines his fine dining
background and Caliente's pizza focus.
Previously, Von Hansen placed with
a duck pizza that eventually taught
them to add a thicker crust pizza on
the menu.
Beyond pizza, their rolls are
extremely popular: 10-inch dough cut
into six pieces with toppings inside and
garlic butter and cheese on the outside.
AS BOGACZ CHECKS OFF HIS
COMPANY'S "TO DO" LIST, they're

story is definitely how I'm buying the stores,
because it's non-traditional. Most people will
go get the business loan, or they'll have some
money or they'll borrow some money. What
I've been doing is going in and trying to find
a place that is failing. They just want to get ...
out of here."
Bogacz offers a chunk of cash at the start
and then asks the owners to help pay the
rest of the debt over time, without involving
banks. Two of his stores are already paid

off using this method, with a third nearly
completed. (He also asks the previous owners
to stay on site during inspection. That way
they can prove the business was running as is
just a day or two before.)
In the beginning, wife Angie took over
the front of the house with Bogacz in the
kitchen. Bogacz soon sought the advice of his
friend, chef Eric Von Hansen, for help when
formulating his menu as they had two stores
and realized how helpful having someone

streamlining their operations and
publishing manuals in anticipation of
growth. There's a managers' meeting
once a month with a set location, and
such organization can be a "game
changer" for a company of Caliente's
size. Although draft beer plays a big
part in Caliente's business, Bogacz is
adamant about not being a bar. "I think
first we made sure we didn't have that
atmosphere," Bogacz says. He wants
families to be able to enjoy their pizza
right alongside those enjoying a beer
and wings.
When they buy a new location, it
doesn't sit there gathering dust for six
months. Within four days they can
have it ready to reopen, but they'll
also refresh their current locations
occasionally.
"Time is money," Bogacz says.
"We're not a multi-million-dollar
corporation. We're a small company."
MANDY WOLF DETWILER

editor at Pizza Today.

is managing

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Pizza Today - December 2018
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
Road to Pizza Expo
Destinations
Knead to Know
Winter Beer Menus
Panini
Marketing Longevity
On The Road: Caliente Pizza & DraftHouse
2019 Menu Guide
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader's Resource
Mike's Monthly Tip
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Cover2
Pizza Today - December 2018 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Contents
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - 9
Pizza Today - December 2018 - Contributors
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Expo Spotlight
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Interact
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Conversation
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Man on the Street
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Road to Pizza Expo
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Destinations
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - December 2018 - Winter Beer Menus
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