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HungerRush Interviews Adam Matt of Slice of the 80’s

Michigan-based pizzeria Slice of the 80’s is an independently owned restaurant that opened its doors in 2008. From humble beginnings in 2008, Slice of the 80’s is now an award-winning pizzeria on the verge of franchise expansion. HungerRush has been the technology provider for Slice of the 80’s for years; we have watched them grow and we are proud of their success. We are also proud that we’ve been able to help facilitate that success with our products.

Slice of the 80’s has won two first place awards this year alone, one for Detroit’s A-List and the other for WDIV’s Click on Detroit | Best Pizza – Independent category, and we expect many more to come in the future. We recently caught up with Adam Matt, co-owner (the other owner being Adam’s fiancée Natalie Proctor) of Slice, to ask him a few questions about his store’s recent triumphs.

What aspects of your business do you feel most contributed to your current success?
I think it’s the fact that we pay attention to taste, which is why the customer is ultimately coming to your pizzeria. We don’t buy pre-made products or cheap ingredients, we only buy the absolute freshest items we can, and then we prep everything by hand. We make our own dough, sauce, grind our own cheeses; we make our own salad dressings and so much more. I think when you do it from scratch you have a better quality product and you are able to quality check much better than you would if you just opened a package. It’s the customer that can taste the difference and they know when you are serving them quality or when you are just cutting corners.

Do you feel that HungerRush has aided in the current success of Slice of the 80s? If so, how?
It is the brain of our whole operation! I know for a fact that we would not be as successful as we are if it hadn’t been for our HungerRush point of sale system. It lets you focus on preparing a great pizza for your customer, while it orchestrates everything that’s going on in your pizzeria. It handles labor and food cost calculations, which order needs to go in the oven next, which deliveries should be double bagged, and it helps my team take customer orders fast and efficient which is a huge advantage while in the middle of a dinner rush! It’s one of the hardest working “employees” in the kitchen that I don’t have to pay!!

What are your future plans to take Slice to the next level? How do you expect HungerRush technology to play a role in that?
I would love to franchise the company one day and get a few more stores opened. The demand is defiantly there, customers are always asking when we will expand and we have stretched our delivery area as far as we can, so opening more stores would definitely be one of the big things for the future.
I know for a fact that if we opened a new store the two definite things we would need in it would be an oven and HungerRush, there is just no way we could live without them at this point, we are so spoiled on HungerRush. We also want to keep building and growing with HungerRush, my whole team and I always get so excited when we hear about a new product or tool that HungerRush has coming out because we know it’s just going to be another helpful tool that will make our job that much easier.

What advice would you give to other independent shop owners to achieve a similar success that you’re enjoying?
Work hard, pay attention to what your customers wants, focus on your product, focus on training your staff to the level you need them to be, and definitely have a HungerRush computer system in the store, it will take away the frustration and guessing that makes the job so stressful! The pizza business is a fun business; you just have to have the right tools in place to make it a great business!

About Slice of the 80’s
Slice Of The 80′s is a carryout/delivery restaurant that serves pizza, calzone subs, chicken wings, salads, breads and Pepsi products. It was established August 18th, 2008 at Warren Rd and Wayne Rd in Westland, Michigan. It is an 80′s themed restaurant. It has posters of movies, and 80′s bands on the wall, toys, splash paint, a huge 80′s graffiti mural, and a video arcade that plays 50 classic games including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Millipede, Galaga, Dig-Dug and many more!

Slice Of The 80′s uses fresh homemade dough every day. We also use our very own homemade pizza sauce recipe, filled with just the right amount of herbs and spices to make it Westland Michigan’s favorite pizza place. We also chop and prep all of the vegetables and grind 100% Mozzarella cheese for daily use. We use fresh mushrooms, never canned. This is why you get the freshest and best tasting pizza in town, and for the price – who can resist? We also have 7 different flavored crusts to choose from for FREE, including our very own Nacho Cheese Crust. Our very own signature Nacho Cheese Bread is a must with any order! So stop on in today and get a hot, fresh, tasty pizza made from scratch and ready in only 8 minutes!