Hideaway Pizza will open new Tulsa restaurant in 2013
BY KYLE ARNOLD World Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
12/11/12 at 4:05 AM
Hideaway Pizza gets a lot of requests to open restaurants across the state, in places like Owasso, Bartlesville and Lawton.
But the Tulsa-based franchise chain is adding a location in familiar territory before reaching out further. It's working on opening a pizzeria next spring in the KingsPointe Village shopping center at 5966 S. Yale Avenue, in the heart of a busy medical district.
"I get emails with people recommending locations, and people want us everywhere," said Janie Harris, director of marketing and guest relations for Hideaway Pizza. "We're not that big of a company, and we can only grow so fast."
The Yale Avenue location will be the seventh in Tulsa, equalling the number in greater Oklahoma City and continuing a rate of rapid growth in recent years for the company.
Hideaway Pizza has been a Oklahoma destination restaurant since it opened in 1957 near the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater. It's known for its big specialty pizzas with exotic ingredients, combinations and crazy names.
Among the Hideaway favorites are the Big Kahuna pizza with Canadian bacon, pineapple and mandarin orange slices, or the Paradise Pie with Alfredo sauce, provolone cheese, garlic chicken, smoked bacon, fresh sliced mushrooms, fresh spinach and diced Roma tomatoes.
Hideaway also serves salad, pasta and sandwiches.
The company operated solely in Stillwater for more than 30 years before deciding to franchise the Hideaway concept in the 1990s and turning it over to a small group to plot new restaurants across the state.
Since 2009, the company has opened Tulsa-area restaurants in Broken Arrow and at the Tulsa Hills shopping center, and recently finished two new locations in the Oklahoma City area.
The new Tulsa location - the 15th Hideaway overall - will bring with it some changes to Tulsa-area fans of the chain as the company's eating concept continues to evolve.
Harris said the 5,374- square-foot location will feature a dedicated bar.
"If you want people to come in for lunch or after work, they don't necessarily want a table to themselves, they want somewhere to socialize," Harris said.
The company is unveiling a full-time bar at its Cherry Street location later this week.
With the Yale Avenue location, Harris said Hideaway is hoping to capitalize on the thousands of medical employees in the area for lunch and dinner hours.
"When you only have 30 minutes or an hour for lunch, you need somewhere that's close," she said.
The new restaurant is taking the former space of Andales Tex-Mex Cantina. Hideaway is also taking a few square feet from Fleet Feet Sports.
Even with seven metro locations, Harris said there are still a handful of spots in the Tulsa area where the company would like to open a restaurant before expanding elsewhere.
"We've got some ideas, but we're only so big," she said.
New location: 5966 S. Yale Ave.
Opening: Spring 2013
Original location: 230 S. Knoblock, Stillwater
Tulsa-area locations: 7
Total locations: 15
Original Print Headline: Hideaway Pizza plans to add seventh Tulsa restaurant
Kyle Arnold 918-581-8380
An employee puts a pizza into an oven at a Hideaway Pizza restaurant. The Oklahoman file