Bacci’s Pizzeria made about 50 jumbo pizzas, shown above, each day for lunch during the spring semester.In its first month of business, the pizza and great prices kept the new restaurant packed every day.Pictured from left are owners Sean Gubricky ’09, Vito Salamone Jr. ’10, and Phil Salamone ’09.
Bacci ‘s Pizzeria:
Most students come to college with the expectation of learning skills to succeed after college. Three BU students took that one step further last spring.
Phil Salamone ’09 and his roommate Sean Gubricky ’09 were walking to class one day in March when they noticed Jester’s Café on the corner of Bradley and Duryea was for sale. Salamone, an entrepreneurship major, and Gubricky, a business management and administration major, immediately saw potential to meet an unfulfilled need on campus.
“Sean and I knew there wasn’t a decent place to go get a slice of pizza without buying the whole pizza. As students, we know what kids our age want, and we have an idea of what they may be looking for when it comes to food,” Salamone said.
With that thought in mind, Salamone’s brother Vito Salamone Jr. ’10 and their father, Vito Salamone Sr., joined the pair in ownership and made an agreement with the Bacci’s chain, already established in the Chicago area, to open a Bacci’s Pizzeria near campus.
The pizzeria opened on April 25 at 1222 West Bradley, home to Fedora’s restaurant during the ’90s. The Bacci chain is known for offering jumbo-sized pizza slices and a soda for less than $4, which the owners believe is reasonable for a college student’s budget.
They said opening their own restaurant has been a fun experience. “We’re learning stuff that they don’t teach in the classroom. The best skill we are learning right now is working with other people,” Gubricky said.
From left: Randy West, chairperson of the PHS alumni association scholarship committee; principal Randy Simmons ‘79; Becky Bryant Kelley, niece of Joseph and Harriette Swanson Bryant; BU president David Broski; and Rick Kern ‘77, president of the PHS alumni association, met at Peoria Central High to establish a new scholarship.
Peoria High alumni endow scholarship
Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, Peoria High School graduates can apply for a scholarship created just for them. Students must be first-time undergraduates and demonstrate financial need in order to be considered.
The award was made possible by a $100,000 endowment gift from the Peoria High School Alumni Association
The funds were a gift from the Joseph B. Bryant Estate in honor of Harriette Swanson Bryant, a 1935 graduate of Peoria High.
Jerry Heller, executive director of development, said this is the first time a high school alumni association has created such a scholarship for Bradley. “We are very pleased and thankful for the generosity of Peoria High School, and we hope other high schools become aware of this and step forward to do the same.”
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