Attendees line up to support pizzeria
HUNTINGTON -- The longest line at the 2nd annual Rails and Ales festival wasn't for the beer, it was to get a slice of pizza from Backyard Pizza.
The popular pizza place, which employs 56 people along with the Peddler restaurant, was damaged in a fire at the Morris building on July 27. They wanted to keep their commitment to be one of the vendors at the Rails and Ales festival.
To do that, however, they needed some help from the culinary school at Mountwest Community and Technical College, which let them use their kitchen Friday to prepare more than 400 pizza doughs and toppings.
"We made the dough from scratch," said Megan Hetzer, a co-owner. "It took pretty much the whole day," she said as she stood beside a sign that said "Thanks for Your Support. We miss you guys."
"We're waiting to see what happens with the building," she said. "We're desperate to get back open. We're looking at backup plans and other options."
"The community support is greater than anything I've witnessed," said her husband, Drew Hetzer. "It will take some time to rebuild. We want the same quality as before."
Steve Maniskas was among those waiting in line to get a slice of pizza. "I went to school with Drew," he said. "I hope they get back open as soon as possible."
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