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This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
Where have you heard this story before? Nick Van Arsdell and Michael McDonald came to Ogden in 2006 to check out Utah's famous powder, which draws around 4 million skiers every year. They realized the business potential Ogden held and decided to open a business here, in partnership with William Shafer (shay-furr), a culinary mastermind and Utah native. That business became Lucky Slice Pizzeria on Historic 25th Street in Ogden.
Lucky Slice Pizzeria offers quick service pizza by the slice, plus salads, wings and appetizers. Everything is made from scratch daily, and the choices are not your ordinary pizzeria fare. For example one of their top sellers is the Dub All Star, a pizza with a creamy pesto base, mozzarella cheese, roasted chicken, spinach, tomato, caramelized onions and finished with a barbecue drizzle.
Another favorite is the Danimal, made with three types of cheese, red onion, fresh tomato, a balsamic reduction and lemon wedge. It was originally served only on Sunday nights, but after many customer requests, they added it to their daily pizza selection. Lucky Slice now has such a strong following of customers that it's standing room only for lunch and dinner.
Community involvement is very important to the Lucky Slice team so they regularly attend events, especially in arts and entertainment ... With their vibrant atmosphere, they also feel they've helped bring more life to 25th Street in Ogden, with their food and of course, the line outside the door.
The original idea behind Lucky Slice Pizzeria, Nick says, was to create a business where they could ski by day and work by night. Things didn't quite work out that way, but they're pleased with the success they've experienced so far. And they've opened a satellite location on Powder Mountain to serve skiers.
One of the key reasons for their success has been because in Ogden they were one of the first to bring this style of pizzeria to town, so they literally got to set the trend. Their biggest challenge right now? Getting locals to know they also deliver.
For Zions Bank, I'm Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.
Lucky Slice Pizzeria 200 25th St. Ogden, UT 84401 801-627-2229; www.theluckyslice.com