Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
This weekend at a social gathering at a friend's place just off of Broadway Avenue, folks were getting pretty hungry. My salsa had already been devoured, and that just wasn't cutting it. So we pulled out a phone book (sorry, Ed Kohler) and called a few local places. We settled on Broadway Pizza, but encountered a significant barrier. They don't deliver on Broadway. The address on the box above, right under the part that says "delivery," is only two miles away from where we were, and the Robbinsdale location is right on County Rd. 81. Two miles in the other direction is the Broadway Pizza on the river in Hawthorne.
Look, I get it. It's not easy to convince every business to do deliveries in NoMi. But Olympic Cafe delivers, and so do other places in our neighborhood. Broadway Pizza proudly states that they got their start in north Minneapolis. Their website goes on to say that when they had to move because of I-94 construction, they stayed in the community. I'm thrilled about that, and this neighborhood institution should be applauded for that commitment. Back before Donny Dirk's or Good Sports opened up, Broadway Pizza was the only sit-down restaurant in our neighborhood. John Hoff, other neighborhood revitalizers, and I would frequently hold informal "policy booth" sessions there to discuss neighborhood concerns.
But that's precisely why in my opinion the bar is set higher for Broadway Pizza. They have at least a dozen metro area locations, and they got their start right here in NoMi. Boasting of a community connection should cut both ways, and I think we should see more on their end. Furthermore, their restaurant on the Mississippi River has one of the best views of downtown Minneapolis - a view so amazing that nearby residents pay $350,000 for condominiums with the same view. Yet Broadway doesn't even have a patio or outdoor dining area.
Broadway Pizza ought to know that neighborhood residents are dissatisfied with this lack of service. So I'm asking readers, the next time you want pizza or other food delivered, or this summer before enjoying what will certainly be a breathtaking view of downtown at Psycho Suzi's, take two minutes and call Broadway Pizza (612-529-4475) first. Let them know that your dollars are being spent elsewhere because of what they aren't offering for NoMi.