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Delicious Detour To Pizza

It was a darker than usual Saturday night and rain had been falling. My sister and I had the occasion to be in Elm Grove for some shopping. We decided to go for pizza, but where? It’s no secret that we have an abundance of pizza choices.

Some have more bragging rights than others, but each has its followers. Just in Elm Grove there are Patsy’s Pizza, Domino’s, Undo’s and Pizza Hut. Up the hill in Bethlehem is DeFelice and over the hill toward downtown is Pizza Villa, while downtown are DiCarlo’s, Domino’s and Vocelli’s. And don’t forget Greco’s, Papa John’s and Little Caesars out-the-pike way. There are others, I’m sure, but you get the picture.

Since we were in the area, we decided to pop in at Pizza Hut. We hadn’t been there in quite awhile, especially since all the road construction along U.S. 40 in Elm Grove had been a deterrent for visiting the area. I hate to admit that, but the changing lanes and detours, especially at night, were daunting for a lot of drivers.

We noticed the parking lot had only a few cars. Inside, we were greeted by a friendly manager who told us we could have our pick of seats since there were only two other customers.

Then we met Jadyn. She was our waitress for the evening. She explained the $10 “orange barrel” pizza special that was posted on the front door. With a smile and bubbling enthusiasm she said we could have our pick of a medium or large pizza with as many toppings as we wanted as part of the orange barrel special.

After our orders were placed, there were no other customers in the restaurant and Jadyn was busy cleaning up around the tables. We engaged her in casual conversation as she worked. She told us that the pizza special was a way to get customers to brave the construction work and visit Pizza Hut. Jadyn said she had been working there for about six months, and despite the downturn in business during the nearby road work, she loved her job. It showed. She spoke highly of the product she was serving up and her demeanor made for a delightful evening.

I’m not sure what the upcoming road work on Interstate 70 will mean for various businesses for the next few years, but I suggest they come up with their own “detour” specials served up by someone like Jadyn.

Heather Ziegler can be reached at: hziegler@theintelligencer.net.

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