Tonawanda News — “There’s people coming out who might not know about us,” Donnelly said, while adding that lowering the price from $20 last year to $15 in 2013 for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganza may have upped attendance this year.
For the Lumber City Pizza Company, which opened inside the former Pizza Junction building on Erie Avenue in early January, the festival held even more importance. While Budwey’s is already established in the region, the fledgling business was hoping to make a name for itself.
That concept appeared to work said Kayla Ormerod, an employee of Lumber City Pizza, who noted that 13 half-sheets were already disposed of midway through the event, when she had to text headquarters to rush over more provisions. How many more would they bring?
“All of them,” Ormerod said. “They couldn’t believe it.”
That sentiment was seconded by David Muscoreil, owner of Just Pizza and Wings on Division Street. While the franchise is well-known in Western New York Muscoreil said he only began in the Lumber City in January 2012.
“It’s important to be able to do something like this,” he said. “We’re the new kids on the block and I want to become a local favorite and to introduce myself.”
Trudi Gulla, who came to support Dave’s Pizza Joint, also a competitor on Tuesday, said she was impressed by the number of people who came to the festival.
“It was a really nice night,” Gulla said. “It’s a great way to mingle and network.”Judges -- Pizza 1. Little Caesars, Three meat deep dish 2. Mister Pizza, Stuffed hot pepper 3. Papa John's, Chicken Cordon Bleu Judge -- Wings 1. Mister Pizza, Italian wings 2. Cafe Banchetti, Barbecue with homemade blue cheese dressing 3. Just Pizza & Wing Company, Blackberry barbecue People's Choice -- Pizza 1. TC Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria 2. Budwey's Flora's Cafe 3. Lumber City Pizza Co. People's Choice --Wings 1. TC Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria 2. Buffalo Wild Wings 3. Lumber City Pizza Co. Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.