As my pizza journey continues, I meet more and more interesting people to learn from. Whether you're thinking about pizza as a business for the first time or you are a serious vet in the game, I really think there is a lot of knowledge that you can learn from Craig. He is the owner of Gracie's Apizza in Portland Oregon and we get into talking about locally sourced flour, amazing vegetables and quality cheese. We also talk a lot about the business side of things and there are some legitimate opinions that he has that you should probably consider as a pizza business owner. This episode is on the longer side, but I enjoyed listening to it multiple times and I have a feeling you will to.
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Address: 8737 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
Craig: We did it super modest. I mean, I opened the restaurant for like, a little bit more than I opened the cart, maybe 50, 60 grand max. It doesn't take tons and tons of money to do that. And that's really what it boils down to. I think is being really realistic but also knowing you got to know what you're doing.
Eidref: What's happening? What's good dough? It's your boy Eidref. How y'all doing? How are y'all doing? I'm doing great In case any of you were wondering. Today, we have Craig with Gracies of pizza. Craig is doing some awesome stuff over there in Portland, Oregon, where he has moved from a mobile unit to a storefront. And, he's really killing the game with a unique take on pizza using whole wheat, using some Kraft flour, and really just using quality ingredients. But really the highlight of this podcast isn't just about the pizza, we really dive in deep on lifestyle, business, a lot of the things that, you know, both rookie business owners and seasoned business owners should really consider. This is a great episode so sit back, relax and enjoy the show. And remember to always ask what's good dough? How are you?
Craig: I'm pretty good.
Eidref: Awesome, man. So, I want to start these off with this question. And there's no wrong answer. What's good dough?
Craig: What's good dough? What a good question. Well, I guess for me, we'll go super technical about the dough itself. And to me, it's all about the wheat. I like to think that more than human being a pizza person or a dough person or a bread person that it really comes down to being a wheat person, which really goes down to being an agriculture person.