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Breadeux to defend title of community favorite pizza at Pizza Wars Tuesday

Award-winning Main Street event returns to include more pizzerias in MP
Sep 14, 2018
Photo by: file photo More pizza had to be ordered during Pizza Wars last year, with people continuing to line up to sample their favorites. Main Street Mt. Pleasant is planning ahead for Tuesday’s pizza wars, ordering more than enough for everyone to sample.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Restaurant Week is kicking off in Mt. Pleasant with Main Street Mt. Pleasant’s award-winning event Pizza Wars on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Central Park.

Eight pizzerias will be competing for the title of best pizza in Mt. Pleasant, bringing at least 90 pizzas for connoisseurs to sample, with Breadeaux Pizza defending their 2017 title of community favorite.

While the only restaurants eligible to participate last year were those who serve pizza in the downtown district, this year the event is expanded to include other pizzerias around town including Jerry’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch and Godfather’s Pizza. Casey’s General Store, Papa George’s Pizza & Steak and Paul Revere’s Pizza also will be back as competitors.

Last year, Pizza Wars had barely started when Main Street Director Lisa Oetken found herself scrambling to come up with more pizza. “I did not dream we’d have people lined up for pizza at 4 p.m.,” she said. “That’s one reason we added more (restaurants) this year.”

Pizza Wars is $5 a person for all-you-can-sample pizza. All proceeds are divided between the businesses. Last year, $250 each was given back to the restaurants that participated in Pizza Wars.

The event, which premiered last year, got an honorable mention at the 2018 Main Street Iowa State Contest, which 54 other main street communities competed in.

Main Street Mt. Pleasant chooses to feature pizzas because Mt. Pleasant is ranked 170th in the U.S. and second in Iowa behind Lamar’s for the most pizza places per capita.

Restaurant week will conclude Friday, Sept. 21, with Farm-to-Table. Walt’s Taproom, Keos Back Bar and Grill, Miss Kays and Central Park Coffee Company will be providing dishes to share.

“We want to promote (our restaurants) because almost all of them, especially downtown, are small businesses, locally owned,” Oetken said.

“It also lets people know in Iowa, we have great restaurants,” Oetken continued. “If you put us together as a whole, we’re better than any big city when it comes to food. Food is very important to people.”

Oetken encourages residents to eat out during restaurant week, saying that there are enough restaurants in Mt. Pleasant for people to eat dinner out every night.

“We want to encourage people to support locally owned restaurants and help them be successful,” she said.

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