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Pie-men join Komen cause

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Tim Valencia and Tony Eden, Photo courtesy of Humble Pie

Founded: January 17, 2008

Career highlights: I was born and raised in Chula Vista, California, and moved to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona. I joined the Humble Pie family in 2007 before the first location opened. Being a part of the growth of Humble Pie has been an amazing journey. The highlight was opening the second location; it was really exciting to have customers believe in the concept, products and service we offered. It also confirmed that opening multiple locations was possible. We love using local purveyors and constantly focus on quality, which we believe has contributed to the restaurants’ success.

What makes your business great? The menu. Ours features a medley of savory starters, delicious artisan pizzas with fresh ingredients, sandwiches, hamburgers, salads and desserts. The food is complemented by an extensive wine list and specialty cocktails. The polished, yet unpretentious, environment and high-quality dishes continue to earn Humble Pie its reputation as a neighborhood favorite.

Important business milestone: Being awarded two locations in Terminal Four at Sky Harbor Airport is truly a dream come true for all of us. These locations are set to open in 2013.

Why did you decide to help raise awareness about breast cancer? On October 11, 1991, my mom, at only 47 years old, died in my arms. At that moment, I vowed to keep her memory alive and do whatever I could to raise awareness about breast cancer. I’ve walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure-Phoenix from year one and with a heavy heart. All of the owners of Humble Pie are guys. I wasn’t sure how they would react when I brought up the idea of making it a company effort to support the annual Komen Phoenix event beyond walking, but the partners were 100 percent on board. They rallied around the idea of participating as a Susan G. Komen third party affiliate. The number of walkers has grown each year; employees wear “Walk with Us” T-shirts, and we donate a portion of the proceeds from our special Pink Menu to the cause. Our plan is to stay involved in this cause long term.

Website: humblepieusa.com

Locations:

2333 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, 602-229-1289

6149 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-556-9900

6501 E Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, 480-998-2199

15703 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, 623-334-2700

21050 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, 480-502-2121

3890 W. Happy Valley Rd., Glendale (Opening December 2012)

Terminal Four at Sky Harbor Airport (Opening 2013) 

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