Me-n-Ed’s Pizza Parlour has been around a long time – half a century to be exact.
It’s seen old jukeboxes come and go, housed its fair share of sing-alongs, withstood the test of eliminating smoking sections and hosted personalities ranging from local TV sports host Squire Barnes to actor Michael J. Fox.
“If you grew up in Burnaby and played sports, you probably had a soccer or hockey or some kind of [team] wind up in our back room,” owner Melody Hewitt said.
The Burnaby pizzeria is celebrating its 50th birthday next week, and it’s inviting regular customers, family and friends to join in.
Melody and Nathan Hewitt have several plans for June and July to recognize their customer base, who they say helped keep the restaurant going for half a century in the same location through the good times and the bad.
“When times are good and the economy is flourishing, it’s easy to keep a restaurant in business. To be able to sustain our business for 50 years, through the ups and downs in our community, we’re very proud,” she said in a news release.
“We hope we’ve brought value to the Lower Mainland with the product we sell and the fantastic people we’ve been able to employ.”
The actual opening day was June 21, 1969, but the party is being planned for June 18 this year.
“We’re having a couple of seatings where we’re giving away free food and free drinks, and we just want to say thank you to the community for supporting us for so long,” Hewitt said.
The event will be held at the Burnaby location at 7110 Hall Avenue from 5 to 8 p.m.