Although it wasn’t in her plans, Sharon Anderson is back in the pizza business and this time around it’s without the Breadeaux Pizza name on the front of the building. This is Anderson’s second time running a restaurant in the 115 West Jackson location.
Anderson was the second owner of the former Breadeaux Pizza restaurant as she purchased the business Feb. 14, 2002. In October of 2012 she sold the business including the building on lease.
By a twist of events, the building fell back into her hands at the end of last year. After some careful thought, Anderson made the decision the end of December to reopen the location into a restaurant again.
Once she knew she was taking the plunge again, a few decisions would require immediate choices to be made. Including a new name for her restaurant.
Anderson decided to use the Facebook platform to post a contest asking for new business name ideas. In doing so she received just over 300 name suggestions for her to pick from.
Once she carefully looked over all name ideas, she selected her favorite one from the list. Bailey Beckner’s suggestion of Outlaw Pizza was the final one standing.
The new name made the decision easy for Anderson when she began her plans for remodeling the restaurant. The minute you walk into the front door the new floor layout is easily noticed.
Carpet was ripped up from the floors and a walkway that once ran down the wall is no longer there. Booths have now been moved making the restaurant seem more spacious for guests.
Tables have been added to the center of the room as well expanding seating room to the front. The back room is still set up for private parties or meetings along with a new whiteboard on the wall in case it would be needed for special events.
Long gone are the red, yellow and blue walls adorning the food ordering station and around the buffet set up. Old galvanized tin now showcase that area along with old barn wood adding to the outlaw theme.
The walls and decor now represent the rustic cowboy look including many old wanted posters featuring a well known outlaw Jesse James. Another wall section has a special tribute to Anderson’s favorite outlaw, Doug Fetters.
Through the help of locals, napkin holders showcase photos from Corydon’s Jesse James Days that were once an annual highlight in town. She asks anyone that has old photos from the town celebration to bring them in to find their special place as well.
“I want this to be a place where when people sit down to eat they can look at the old photos and it strike up conversation,” said Anderson. “People can look at the photos or use the trivia cards we will have on every table now to interact with one another instead of their phones.”
While Anderson is not a new face in town as she keeps busy working full-time at Jensen Tax & Accounting as a bookkeeper and still owns the Nodyroc Motel, she is looking forward to reconnecting with her customers again in the restaurant business.
“I love the people here and I miss working with the community,” Anderson stated. “I love my motel guests also, but this will get me back to the customer service aspect I have been missing.”
Anderson plans to work through tax season at Jensen Tax & Accounting, but will still be popping in and out of the restaurant often.
With all the planning and work the remodel has taken, she said it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of many friends and family. She remembers her older grandchildren growing up in the restaurant and is now looking forward to her youngest having the same ability.
“I absolutely couldn’t have done this without all the help I have received,” Anderson stated “Everyone that has helped me in one way or another is just another example of why I love this town.”
She also wanted to source as many local businesses as possible with her preparations for getting up and running. Casey Coates designed the Outlaw Pizza logo, Kylie Kent is making the t-shirts with business name and logo on and Chris Furlin at Good Ol Days will be making her new business banners.
“I am all about supporting local business as I am right there with them needing the same support,” Anderson added.
With Anderson having previous experience as a Breadeaux Pizza owner, she has worked to make the menu as close to the former restaurants as possible. The menu will hold many similar food choices including pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads.
She will once again offer the lunch buffet six days a week from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. A new addition will be a salad bar option now.
Outlaw Pizza’s hours of operation will now be 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. She was unable to keep the old Breadeaux phone number, so that will be different for those calling in to place orders. THe new phone number is now (641) 523-1890. Deliveries will be offered eventually once she is set up and on her feet.
Anderson’s tentative plans were to open her doors to the public on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, exactly 17 years from the first date she took over the restaurant, however it has been moved back one day to open on Friday, Feb. 15. With the help from several former employees of Anderson’s and the addition of many new faces as well, she plans to serve “pizza so good it’s criminal”.