Haven Pizza Opens Downtown

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Compared to the annual USA consumption of hot dogs (15 billion) and hamburgers (13 billion) pizza ranks a distant third (3 billion).  At minimum, ten Yoakum restaurants sell hamburgers but pizza competition is finally heating up.  Haven Pizza owners Tim and Valleen Bowden opened their take-out venue with a soft opening on June 28. In addition to baked “ready to go” slices and full pizzas, the couple will prepare “take and bake” pizzas to cook at home.  The store offers traditional and boneless wings, Blue Bell ice cream (with all the fixins), cookies, brownies, donuts, milk shakes, and other novelties.  A full salad bar will be fresh-stocked daily.

The Bowdens teamed up with Chris Cherry, owner of the building at 123 May St. in Historic Downtown, to connect with the community.  As the associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Cherry researched how commercial businesses can be missions. “In Iraq, Christian-owned businesses bridge religious gaps where that is often difficult to accomplish,” he explained. “In Yoakum, we hope to provide bridges for those who are lost and without hope.  What young people don’t realize is all of us have been lost, and we still get lost!  Sometime you just need someone who cares.”   Haven Pizza intends to hire several area youths. ”Taken seriously, jobs do wonders for learning responsibility and building self-esteem,“ said Bowden.

Haven Pizza is open 11am – 9pm Monday through Thursday; 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday; closed on Sunday.