The Legend of Pizza Bob's
What is Pizza Bob's and why is it more than just pizza? The obvious answer is simply that Pizza Bob's is a restaurant with more items on the menu than just delicious pizza. This answer, however, does not take into account the meaning and the history behind the statement. Pizza Bob's has developed as a part of Ann Arbor for over thirty-five exhilarating years and is continuing to serve Ann Arbor to this day. The tasty food crafted in this restaurant is rooted in strong traditions and mysterious allure that will be revealed in the text below. Enjoy and be careful with the secrets you learn.
Before there was a Pizza Bob's, a man named Robert (Pizza Bob) Marsh worked as a cab driver in Ann Arbor. Although Bob loved his job in transportation, he wasn't satisfied. He needed something more to fill the appetites of his soul. Fate realized that Bob needed a little shove in the right direction. One day his cab broke down in front of a small restaurant with a help-wanted sign in the window called Pizza Loys. Robert took the hint, abandoned his cab, and seized an opportunity to work in Pizza Loys.
It was discovered that Loy of Pizza Loys had a severe allergy to flour, an ingredient important in the creation of delicious pizza. Loy was forced to step down, and Bob stepped up to become 'Pizza Bob'. He quickly proved that with his charisma and charm he was the right man for the job. Bob had a knack for creating food, and the subs sold today are the ones Bob himself developed. The new tastes that Bob designed attracted a set of new customers. They came for the food and stayed for the atmosphere. Bob became a notable figure as someone anyone could talk to about anything. He was a man that united generations and knew how to give people what they needed.
During the 1960s, while the counterculture activities in Ann Arbor tended to cause a fracture in the society, Bob's warm heart and gregarious nature helped craft a community of "Bobbers." Bobbers came from all different generations and knew they were welcome to dine with Bob, no matter what changed in the outside world. And thus, Pizza Bob was born of the public that adored him. Everybody knew Pizza Bob, and Pizza Bob made it a point to know everybody who came to see him. It wasn't long before a series of t-shirts featuring a caricature of Pizza Bob appeared to distinguish those who were part of the Pizza Bob revolution.
This series continues on today and still represents the community of Ann Arbor, where Bob Marsh became Pizza Bob and created the food and environment that was right for the people.
Tragedy struck and Ann Arbor wept in 1971 when Pizza Bob passed away. Pizza Bob Marsh's tradition was not to be forgotten. A fellow employee of Bob's bought the restaurant and renamed it Pizza Bob's in 1972. The innovative and delicious food would continue to be made, and the community would still be served with care. In 1974 the creative spirit that Pizza Bob nurtured poked its head into the light. The palate of Ann Arbor was changed forever with the introduction of the Chipati, a taste sensation created in the kitchen of Pizza Bob's. This often imitated, but never duplicated salad stuffed into a fresh baked pocket of bread topped by a delicious secret sauce keeps people coming back year after year. The Chipati created at Pizza Bob's became an interwoven part of the fabric of Ann Arbor.
Fueled by the success of the Chipati, the 1980s was a time of growth for Pizza Bob's. The spirit of this growth could be seen in the demeanor of the new owner, Bob Cranson. Pizza Bob was reborn, with a new dedication to the same quality that made the restaurant an Ann Arbor landmark. Pizza Bob's began racking up awards throughout the '80s and '90s for excellent handcrafted food and efficient delivery.
The notoriety extended throughout Ann Arbor and beyond as Pizza Bob's won awards such as 3rd best pizza in the Detroit area by the Metropolitan Detroit Magazine, best submarines by the Detroit News, best subs and delivery in Ann Arbor by the Michigan Daily, and best shakes anywhere by people from all over the world.
In December of 2000, Pizza Bob Cranson retired, and to ensure the quality tradition continued, passed on the restaurant to people he knew understood the kind of commitment to quality it takes to succeed and the tasty tradition that had been established. Terry and Pam Pietryga were long-time customers of Pizza Bob's. They purchased the restaurant with the intention of making the same great food and maintaining the same atmosphere that had become part of their lives. As customers themselves, The Pietryga's have dedicated themselves to serving the needs of every person who makes an order. Pizza Bob's is, as it always was, a place where everyone can come and enjoy delicious food and good company. Whether you are already familiar with the restaurant, or it is your first visit, the flavor of the food and the dedication to customer satisfaction will please you. Now that you've heard the legend, come in and experience this unique blend of young energy, community, and tradition unparalleled by any other eating experience in the world.