Restaurant Love Recipient:

Dean-O's Pizza

305 Bertrand Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 233-5446

How they reach out to the community:

The owner and his staff have stepped up to the plate everyday by giving back to the community. They feed the homeless in our local shelter feed the first responders and those on the frontlines free of charge or at a reduced rate helped out other local small business in any way they could to form a bond and build up relationships. Made themselves available to offer assistance to our local government officials by providing meals supplies and general small business guidance and knowledge. Provided jobs and monetary assistance to their employees and made every attempt to maintain employment to their staff. They set the bar for small business ingenuity by introducing their take and bake pizzas and homemade ranch to local grocery stores reaching new customers that had never tried their product or could not get to their restaurants to get their favorite items. First restaurant in our area to be Covid19 certified. Trained employees on proper safe serve guidelines during pandemic and played an essential part in guiding the area in safe patio dinning during the Governors State Stay At Home Order. Partner's with UFC fighter Dustin Poirere to help his charity organization The Good Fight Foundation to feed Acadiana and offer monetary donations. Exemplified what it means to be a small business that gives back to the community on a daily basis. - Phillip M.

From the Restaurant:

Dean-O's Pizzarama actually started in Santa Barbara, Calif. in the early 1960's. Dean Metcalf, founder, relocated to Lafayette, Louisiana where he opened the still-standing location in 1971. His son, Tim, took over in the mid 80's, economic hardships required a new business plan, Dean-O's Pizza (Pizza Like No Other) was born. Making use of local, Cajun products and recipes, morphing them into pizza toppings, brought the restaurant to national acclaim. Tim's son Greg got involved in the business at a young age, and in 2011, a second location was opened, Dean-O's South. Serving the local community has been a huge priority, whether it be using local products, sponsoring kids sports teams or giving to charitable causes. While current situations present challenges to operations, the Dean-O's family looks forward to doing what they can to serve the Acadiana community.