Pizza making has been in Teresa Davis’ family for decades. And with the help of family, friends and a generous landlord, Davis has taken a dive into the restaurant business in New Richmond.
The decision to open her own pizzeria came as the result of a letter addressed to Donatos Pizza, the pizza company she was working for. The letter was from New Richmond council member Nick Wolf, who was looking to fill his vacant building on Walnut Street with another pizza restaurant.
Angelo’s was previously at the location owned by Wolf and he sent letters to other local pizza restaurants to see if anyone would be interested in opening a pizzeria at his location.
Davis said she read the letter and became interested. Not just because she had 10 years of experience at Donatos, but also because making pizza from scratch was something natural for her family.
“I told him I had not a dime to my name, but in my heart I wanted to do it,” Davis said about opening her own restaurant.
Another factor influencing her decision was the organization Faith Chapel Ministries, of which she is a part. Davis said she wanted to open a pizza restaurant to help support abandoned women, children and foster children and provide a place for some of them to work.
“I feel in my heart that we are going to fund it in a major way,” Davis said.
So, with the help of her husband Tom and parents Walt and Kathleen Potter, Davis decided to quit her job at Donatos and open a restaurant using many of the recipes her parents used at their restaurant, Doe-Boys’ Pizza, from 1981-1991.
“My recipe originated in 1952,” Walt Potter said. “We use all natural ingredients on our pizza, everything is real.”
Potter said his 55 years of experience making pizza, including the crust and sauce, from scratch, is what makes Doe-Boys’ pizza different from the rest.
He has passed down these skills to Teresa and Tom, and Teresa’s Doe-Boy’s Pizzeria opened Oct. 12.
Since then the family has been working to perfect the recipes to make them taste like the original every time.
Their pizzeria offers a variety of products, most with football-related names because it is the Davis’ favorite sport. They have pizza pies ranging from barbecue chicken to veggie and also have hoagies, wings, salads and sides.
“It’s awesome,” Davis said about being able to open the business. “The transition has been difficult but I’m getting there.”
Davis said she has been working to build relationships in the community and is looking to provide pizza for school lunches and more. In addition, she is working to determine exactly how she will contribute to Faith Chapel Ministries once the business grows.
She said she hopes the business can contribute financially to the ministry and also wants to individually help the women and foster children who have aged out of the system.
“My vision is, once they are reformed, they need to work,” she said. “One of the reasons I opened is to offer that place of work.”
Teresa’s Doe-Boy’s Pizzeria is located at 412 Walnut Street in New Richmond and they offer pick-up, delivery and dine-in services. For more information about the restaurant call (513) 553-1800.