By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Restaurants | Issue: December 2010
CheeZies Pizza owner Dustin Jones provides value and quality with his low price carryout pizzas.
CheeZies Pizza has a really simple philosophy – a good pizza for a good price. CheeZies at 20 E. 141st St. in Glenpool specializes in low price carryout pizza. Customers can get a large, single topping pizza for $4.99. Call ahead to have your order ready when you arrive.
Selections are pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, black olives, “cheeze,” canadian bacon, green peppers, italian sausage, beef, onions, pineapple, spicy beef and jalapeños. Each additional topping is $1.49.
CheeZies owner Dustin Jones says he concentrates on quality and key items. “We’re not trying to do too much,” he explains. CheeZies pizzas are made fresh when you order. “Our customers know their pizzas were made just for them.”
Specialty pizzas with multiple toppings – Lotz-A Meat, Tropical Delight, Taco Pizza, Deluxe and CaliZone – are priced at $7.99. According to Dustin, everyone’s favorite is the CaliZone. “Customers say it is not like anything else they have ever eaten.” This special turnover, stuffed with pepperoni, sausage, “cheeze” and a secret sauce, draws raves each and every day. CheeZies is also bringing back the customer favorite Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza.
Additional menu items include breads, dipping sauces, wings and Pepsi products. The Glenpool CheeZies was the first of 20 franchise locations and has been a fixture next to the post office for over six years. Together with his wife and mother, they have four more locations in Sand Springs, Sapulpa, North Tulsa and South Tulsa.
Dustin began working with pizza nearly 20 years ago, while in college. Like so many people his age, he had other career intentions at that time. But soon he discovered, “Pizza is my passion.” An opportunity became available, and he struck out on his own.
Glenpool was a perfect choice for a company with strong family values and an eagerness to become part of the community. Dustin’s wife Ashley, disguised as the CheeZies mascot, brings giggles and grins at parades and community events.
In addition to involvement with local chambers of commerce, each CheeZies location is involved in community projects that try to make a difference for kids in need. Past projects include helping to collect school supplies, donating pizzas to youth events and sponsoring many other community events. Starting Thanksgiving, they will be collecting toys and clothes for needy children. CheeZies has teamed with the local chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse to provide Christmas toys for children who need a little comfort and joy in their lives. “We want kids to know that someone cares. We want to be a company that not only services the community but also serves the community. We want to make a difference.” Customers are welcome to drop off new toys or clothes at any of the five CheeZies locations.
CheeZies often caters to church and school meetings. “We offer the best price in town to feed large groups,” says Dustin. He strives to keep prices reasonable because he understands how many families are struggling and have to economize. People who work in Tulsa but live in Glenpool call in their orders when they leave work; then they pick up a fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza that’s ready to take home and enjoy, without breaking the bank.
CheeZies opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Call (918) 322-2200 to order a pizza or for catering information.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.