Former Westmoore and Oklahoma State tight-end and retired NFL player Billy Bajema knows what it takes to win. That’s why he’s beginning a business venture to bring a brand-new restaurant back to his hometown.
Bajema has partnered with longtime friend and former OSU teammate Josh Fields to bring the Texas-based Pie Five Pizza Co. concept to Oklahoma. The Moore location is part of a 10-unit franchise deal with Pie Five in Oklahoma.
Located at 750 SW 19th St. Suite B in Moore, the restaurant is under construction but is expected to open in the summer.
Over the course of his nine-year pro football career, Bajema played with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and the 2012 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. But when he looked to begin his business venture, Bajema, who now lives with his family in Edmond, was eager to start the venture while creating a presence in Moore — a bustling city that has successfully courted a bevy of retail and restaurant businesses in recent years.
“We’re from Moore, so I watched that area develop over the last few years, and it’s just amazing the way it’s taking off. We’re really happy to have a location in Moore, a town I loved growing up in,” Bajema said. “We’re excited to be in a place that has become such a great area for retail and restaurants over the last several years.”
Featuring specialty pizzas made from a combination of 20 different toppings, seven sauces and four kinds of crust made from scratch, Pie Five promises patrons to have a pizza ready in just five short minutes.
Bajema said he “fell in love and thought we needed a Pie Five in Oklahoma.”
“I’ve always liked the fast casual restaurant concepts,” he said. “I’ve always thought those types of restaurants were really cool. You’re able to get a really high-quality product really fast. I loved the pizza and the business model and the fact that you can do it a little bit differently.”
Pie Five was founded in The Colony, Texas, and has expanded rapidly to 19 locations in Texas, Utah, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina. and has about 160 locations in development in six states. In addition to Oklahoma, the company announced plans to expand into Missouri, Nebraska and Virginia.
More information about Pie Five can be found online at piefivepizza.com.