Victory Pizzeria & Pub owner James Schmitz decided upon a simple yet open-ended tagline when the time arrived for a customer-friendly change of pace.
Schmitz continues to explore eating and entertainment options at his sports-themed restaurant. That’s why he picked the “ World’s Greatest …” moniker.
“It’s kind of a pun,” Schmitz said. “We will continue to go down the path of listening to our clients and adding things our customers want or request.”
Planetary life forms have definitely left the building. The former Space Aliens franchise at 9967 Ulysses St. N.E. in Blaine now features wall-to-wall sports fun.
“Our signature piece is an operational 7-foot by 18-foot football scoreboard that came from Glencoe High School,” Schmitz said.
Schmitz learned about the scoreboard from an acquaintance in Hutchinson.
A local farmer had unique plans for the scoreboard, which was in storage.
“He was going to put it in a quonset hut he was calling his man cave,” Schmitz said. “We picked it up from him because it was actually too big for that use.”
Obtaining local sports memorabilia is a high priority, Schmitz said.
Victory Pizzeria & Pub has some high school related items, but Schmitz would like more.
“Spring Lake Park and Blaine have brought in jerseys, and we’ve hung them up, and in the game room, we’ve placed youth hockey jerseys,” he said.
Victory Pizzeria & Pub opened for business July 2.
Schmitz said he scored early with USA CUP business traffic during the soccer tourney’s first full weekend.
“We had teams showing up at 3 p.m. looking for a buffet, so we made the decision we would serve buffet all day long. We do have a full menu,” Schmitz said.
The buffet restaurant features an all-star menu line-up filled with appetizers, sandwiches and half-pound burgers and a recently added Sunday brunch.
“We can change our menu as we go,” Schmitz said. “Our kitchen is probably 3,000 square feet out of the total 10,000 square feet available in the building.”
Schmitz said recently that he’s refining the restaurant’s customer delivery options as well as menu offerings such as gluten-free pizza and gluten-free beer.
“We do kids’ parties. We’re booking events through November.”
Schmitz said he’s working with the city of Blaine regarding plans for an outdoor patio, which will be located on the Highway 65 side of the restaurant.
“We’ve moved it to the front and we’re getting new bids,” he said. “We’re planning on opening the patio in the next 35 to 40 days.”
The staff at Victory Pizzeria & Pub play a key role generating business ideas, Schmitz said. The establishment’s globe logo was designed by an employee.
“What I’ve told our staff from Day 1 is in order to be successful, we need people who have ideas,” he said. “We aren’t tied to anything and can experiment.”
Victory Pizzeria & Pub is located at northwest corner Highway 65 and 99th Avenue. Visit www.victorypizzeria.com for menu information or call 763-444-1306.
Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]