Nestled in the heart of downtown Warsaw, Indiana, Greek’s Pizzeria serves countless Hoosiers lunch and dinner every day. Famous for its delicious pizza and breads, the Warsaw branch of Greek’s has been in operation for more than three years. But in December 2013, it was purchased by brothers Chris and Albert Collins, natives of northern Indiana.
In a recent interview with PayProTec, Chris Collins shared that he’s always loved the restaurant industry—he even graduated from Purdue University with a degree in it! Greek’s was a hit in his hometown, and it quickly became one of his favorite places to eat. “I was familiar with the business, and loved the product [pizza] so much that I went from a customer to an owner.”
“New Owners, New Attitude”
The Collins brothers didn’t waste a moment, quickly turning the semi-traditional Italian eatery into a fun, old-school pizza parlor—while keeping most of the same menu.
“We wanted to make it a cool, hometown dining experience, complete with music, TVs, arcade games, and an overall nostalgic feel,” says Chris. “It goes beyond the pick-up and delivery offered by most modern pizza places. Greek’s is about the experience.”
The Collins’ goal is to offer a new attitude and greater commitment to Warsaw. “I’ve learned to appreciate the small-town feel, how it unites business professionals, farmers, lake communities—all kinds of people,” says Chris. “The diversity of Warsaw affects our business. Remodeling the store was received well by the community. We try to be friendly and listen to their needs. For example, we now have gluten-free menu items, and even offer free delivery, which is uncommon for most restaurants.”
A Slice of Advice From Greek’s Pizzeria
If you’re getting started in the business world (restaurant or otherwise) keep this in mind: “Be ready to constantly outwork your competition—and do it with a smile,” says Chris.
And just in case you’re wondering, Chris’ favorite menu item is Greek’s Special pizza, which includes Spanish onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, black olives, tomatoes, banana peppers, and other delectable toppings. He also recommends the cinnamon twist, which comes with a creamy icing layer.
Hungry yet? Next time you’re in the Warsaw area, be sure to stop by Greek’s Pizzeria for a slice—you might just end up learning a thing or two about running a family business, too!