Pizza Pete: How a Cook County Family-Owned Pizzeria Gives Back to the Community
For the Skopick family, taking over the Orland Park restaurant Pizza Pete in 2020 was more than just a decision to keep the 56-year-old local business in operation. It was an opportunity to give their children, including their daughter Danielle Skopick who has cerebral palsy, a career path to grow and flourish in.
Danielle, who took over Pizza Pete’s second location in Frankfort in 2021, looks for ways that her family’s business can give back to the community that supports them. Starting an initiative called Pizza with a Purpose, the family contributes 20% of sales every other Tuesday to a local charity.
When Southland Development Authority (SDA), one of The Source’s 11 Business Support Organization (BSO) partners, sent an outreach email to co-owner John Skopick, he responded right away in search of ways to increase exposure for his business and share their inspirational story. SDA business relationship advisor Jaimie Makuch, excited by the Pizza Pete story, pitched it to The Chicago Tribune, which promptly featured the family and their business on the front page of the Daily Southtown feature days later. Soon after, WGN 9 News and WGN Radio featured the business, as well as a local podcast, the South Side Pod.
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