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A Western New York business sees success without a storefront

Posted at 5:26 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 17:26:22-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Louie's Pizzeria has been in business since the 1980s, but for a lot of those years, it has not had a formal location. The pizzeria started as a brick and mortar shop, but quickly turned into a concessions only business.

"It was a little bit too tough to work both," owner of Louie's Pizzeria Louis Burgio said. "So, I had to pick which one I liked the best, which was the concession business."

Louie's Pizzeria works events like the Erie County Fair, the Niagara county fair, and Pirate Fest and Burgio likes it that way.

"You meet a lot of people, you make a lot of friends, and if it's a good spot, you come back next year," he said.

According to Burgio, Louie's Pizzeria was the first pizza shop in Upstate New York to make their own dough.

"Everyone else brought their shells in the store, put some sauce and cheese on it and would call it pizza," Burgio said.

At the Erie County Fair, Louie's Pizzeria averages 150 pizzas a day at $5 a slice.

"We crafted it, we perfected it, and the people love it."