Fired Up Pizza plans to give back

WEAU) - 20 investors of Fired Up Pizza are getting fired up about their new idea already under construction.

Investors have pledged to give more than half of their profits to community projects

"We hope to give 30 percent of the actual profit the first year and hope to go up to 30, 35 our goal is to get 51 percent back," said Mark Steil, the designer and an investor.

The "for profit" restaurant is next to MacMan on Keystone Crossing, and Mark Steil says it costs about 250 thousand dollars to get a business like this started.

"Concept was to build a money making business that could give back to the community," said Mark.

Investor and construction worker Michael Lawrence says he jumped at the chance because he wants to give back.

"I want to take my profits that I get and help have a scholarship so it'll help do some our of mission work that we do down in Juarez," said Michael Lawrence an investor and construction worker.

Executive Chef Laurel Robertson says she was asked in January to join the team and says the restaurant will feature a potential pizza of the month, along with 7-9 favorites.

"It’s nice to give back, it’s a wonderful place to live and to see grow as we move forward," said Laurel Robertson in a phone interview.

The design for Fired Up Pizza includes a wood burning oven bought from Naples, Italy, and it can cook pizzas in less than 2 minutes.

"We'll seat about 20 people on the ground floor, we have a second floor that will seat about 50 people and then we actually have a crow's nest, a third floor that will take another 12 people," said Mark.

Fired Up Pizza will open mid-May


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  • by EC citizen on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    I hope they post which organizations they donate to. I think the public would love to know...and perhaps be more willing to buy more there.At any rate, I wish them all the best of luck..even if just to employ a few more people.
  • by Good Luck on Apr 7, 2012 at 08:46 PM
    Grand concept, certainly hope there is a profit?
  • by Dan Location: Lake Hallie on Apr 7, 2012 at 04:15 PM
    So, you won't go because one of the investors wants to take his PROFITS and share with people who are not local? You however likely dine at numerous places who do not donate at all. I think the issue here is that you might be a racist. You just don't want to help people of another color.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 02:16 PM
    That's right! Citizens of one of the most, if not the most, affluent nations on Earth should NOT, directly or indirectly, attempt to improve the lives of people in other countries. For the sake of argument, let's say each of the 20 individual investors owns an equal share. You'd not patronize this restaurant because 5% of the donated profits were not kept in this country? Very sad.
  • by Mary Location: Minocqua on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    This is interesting. Mission work is a fabulous idea to help and give back. But this "mission work" needs to stay right in Eau Claire where the locals are that support it. Is this the place that John Menard is an investor? Well, I guess I will have to give some serious thought to when I go shopping and take my business to Home Depot!! These investors are on the wrong track and need to keep the "mission work" right at home. And I also hope that there will be a report to the customers as to which mission group got the support...or we can count on it going to Juarez and elsewhere out of the GREAT USA!!
  • by Sharon Location: Eau Claire on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    This commendable as long as they pay their kitchen and wait staff a wage that they can live on.
  • by Kristina on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:28 AM
    I think this is really great. No matter where the money goes (here or other countries) it goes to show that these investors have a huge heart. I cannot wait to bring my family here to eat and explain to my 9 and 11 year old what these wonderful people are doing. What a great way to show them there is more than one way to give back!
  • by kathy Location: eau clair on Apr 6, 2012 at 05:04 PM
    AS I WAS READING AND ALSO WHAT I HAD HEARD. I THOUGHT HOW WONDERFUL! BUT THEN THE WORD MISSIONS, OUT OF THE GREAT USA WAS BROUGHT UP. YOU WILL NOT SEE MY DOLLARS TO TAKE CARE OF OTHER COUNTRIES, WHEN IT'S NEEDED RIGHT HERE
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      by anon on Apr 7, 2012 at 05:40 AM in reply to kathy
      I personally do not know any needy, hungry people here in this country or my area. If I did, I would be more than willing to share. Most "poor" people live better than my children and I do. I am totally serious about this. I have 2 food pantries in my area and I know the people who use them. They are taking advantage of them. They have money, nice vehicles, take vacations and spend, spend, spend. If you know where I can give in this area let me know. I will be happy to give.
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      by Bob on Apr 7, 2012 at 06:42 AM in reply to kathy
      Seriously, Kathy? ONE of the 20 investors mentions he wants to use his share of the profits in Juarez and that's enough for you not to patronize this restaurant? Did you even read that much of the profits will go back into this community? Sheesh. And turn off your caps lock -- it's rude to yell.
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      by Kelly on Apr 7, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to kathy
      Agreed.... it sounded great until it went from helping the community to mission work??? We need the help right here in Eau Claire WI. Way to ruin a great plan.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2012 at 04:32 PM in reply to kathy
      Do you see the button on your keyboard that says "CAPS LOCK" please press it once, remove it from your keyboard, and throw it in the trash. Your misuse of the key has led to a loss of the privilege to use it. Thank You!
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