Graffiti Pizza Celebrates Two Years

Graffiti Pizza Celebrates Two Years


Art on the walls on Graffiti Pizza. Even
Michael Jackson makes an appearance!

On Sunday, October 28, 2012, Graffiti Pizza at 700 E. 47th Street will celebrate its 2-year anniversary with special deals and prizes.  Two years in the restaurant business is always worth celebration.  About one in four restaurant start-ups close within the first year.  Graffiti Pizza’s success is especially notable because it is located on the border of one of Chicago’s food deserts.  In Chicago neighborhoods with mostly Black residents and 30% or more poor residents, there are only .21 restaurants per 1000 people, while other neighborhoods in Chicago have ten times as many.

Tanya Durr founded Graffiti Pizza with her unique twist on a classic formula: great atmosphere, great ingredients, and great customer service.  The family-friendly restaurant has walls covered in colorful graffiti with a pizza theme and chalkboards for children to make their own art.  Pizzas have unlimited vegetables, and nutritious salads and wraps are also available.  Customers appreciate the rare opportunity to get fresh veggies fast in the neighborhood.

Graffiti Pizza is hoping to grow in the years to come.  For help in reaching its goals, it just started to work with the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School.  The IJ Clinic provides free legal assistance and advocacy for lower-income entrepreneurs in Chicago.  Law students at the University of Chicago help small businesses with a wide variety of legal questions, and they learn how the law affects entrepreneurs in the real world while developing practical skills as future lawyers.  With counsel from the IJ Clinic, Graffiti Pizza plans to mark many more anniversaries in the years to come.


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