By Dan Hill
Special to the Roundup
Keith and Debbie Brown have a new child, but he's not cute, cuddly, and green-eyed like their other five sons. Their new addition is R & R Pizza in the Sawmill Crossing next to Marble Slab Creamery. And, it's taking the whole family to help raise this new and energetic child.
When you walk into R & R Pizza, you'll be impressed with the cleanliness, the smell of the pizza baking and the freshness and great taste of everything on the salad bar and lunch buffet.
But most impressive is the sight of the family working together.
Mom, Debbie, is in the back cooking. Dad, Keith, is running the cash register. Shane is getting ready for a delivery. Troy's making pizza dough and crusts, and young Blake and Kyle are cleaning tables or sweeping. When Drew's home from college, he jumps in to help where needed.
And those wonderful pasta and potato salads didn't come out of a box, or plastic tub -- Grandma Barbara made those.
The Browns moved to Payson 13 years ago, decided it was the perfect place to raise their sons, and stayed.
With five boys playing Little League and football, it's a wonder they have time to do much else, but when you visit R & R Pizza, you'll see that they spend a lot of time making it the perfect pizza shop.
"It takes a whole village to raise a child, and we're ready to be part of the village," Debbie said.
R & R has already hosted the Little League teams' pizza parties this year, and have now turned their attention to the Payson High football season.
In fact, Shane, Payson High's varsity defensive end and left guard, will be bringing the whole team over after every Friday night's home games for free pizza.
"We envision the team coming over with family and friends," Debbie said. "We picture everyone talking about the game, and reliving the highlights."
The players all get treated to free food. To make it an easy deal for everyone else to swallow, R & R is offering all-you-can-eat pizza and soda for only $3.99 after every home game.
R & R is working with other schools, as well. For instance, at Frontier Elementary School when a child earns the "Wonderful Wolf" award, he or she is given a gift certificate for a free lunch buffet.
"The goal is for your family to get to know our family," Debbie said. "We want the whole town of Payson to feel comfortable dropping by or calling anytime they want a pizza."
"The new location also is a plus," Keith said. "With the theater and ice cream shop right next door, this area has become the best family-fun area in Payson."
For delivery, call (928) 474-6789.