We’re all about continuing education to constantly improve each concept within our hospitality group. A few of our HG crew, Rachel Cope, Jeff and Rachel Chanchaleune, and Chris Nguyen traveled all the way to Japan to study the cuisine and culture that Japan has to offer. They came back with brains full of knowledge and maybe a few extra pounds. Something new and exciting is coming soon, so keep your ears and eyes open for the big announcement and have your bellies ready to be filled with delicious eats.
On October 7th, Empire Slice House celebrated five years of slices, good times and a lot of pizza!
To commemorate Empire’s fifth birthday, the slice shop made a $10,000 donation to Positive Tomorrows, a non-profit that provides education to homeless children across Oklahoma. By providing transportation, educational tools, meals and other basic necessities, Positive Tomorrows gives homeless children stability and a quality education. This allows children to focus on school while their parents get the support they need to create a better life.
“After 5 years, we wanted to give back to a community that has given so much to us,” said 84 Hospitality founder, Rachel Cope. “Continued support from the people of Oklahoma has allowed us to provide homeless children two semesters of education, something that no child should ever go without.”
As a constant champion for Oklahoma and its people, Cope is honored to positively impact a cause near and dear to Empire’s heart. Previously, Empire permanently instated an “Empire for Education” 25% off discount to all teachers across the state, which began in support of the Oklahoma teacher strike.
Cope presented the check to Positive Tomorrows on Friday, September 28, while students from Positive Tomorrows were in attendance.
Our pals at the Curbside Chronicle host a Christmas Party each year at the Homeless Alliance, and we had the pleasure of sending some pizza their way. If you haven't heard of it yet, Curbside employs homeless individuals to sell a magazine they edit and develop as a nonprofit. This magazine is sold for $2 on curbs and corners around the city, and allows these people to earn a living selling a product instead of panhandling. Through Curbside they have helped dozens of people obtain their own housing and get off the streets. If you ever see someone slinging magazines in a green apron, you should definitely send a few dollars their way and check the magazine out!
For more info about Curbside: http://thecurbsidechronicle.org
This December, everyone has a list of their own wants and needs, and the Lyric Theater helped dreams come true by hosting Big Brothers Big Sisters for a showing of A Christmas Carol. Having seen it on opening night, we knew they were in for a treat, and were more than happy to sling some great pizza pies for the lucky group of volunteers and members.
Special shoutout to Rachael Crawford and the Lyric team for finding ways to share the arts with the community.
Just recently we had the pleasure of celebrating our birthday with Oklahoma City. This year's party was hosted at the Tower Theatre on 23rd. Featuring multiple vendors including our pals Tree & Leaf, the Plaza District, and KLLR coffee. The party kicked off in the early afternoon and didn't wrap up until well into the night [possibly early morning...] We held our annual pizza eating contest, and reigning champ Lambo was in the audience as we crowned a new champion, who opted for the moolah. We had Revolución's lead man Miguel pushing out delicious food all day, and a wide array of drinks and music, leading up to headliner WAVVES. The night closed with German DJ, Saint WKND who stopped in on a flight from Europe to perform a set that had everyone head-bobbin'. Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's party, and who have visited us at Empire over the last 4 years. We know it's cheesy, but we wouldn't be here without you.
Photos courtesy of Quit Nguyen.
This past month, we had the pleasure of partnering with Classen Ten Penn, a nonprofit organization serving the neighborhood between Classen, 10th, and Penn in Oklahoma City. Eugene Field Elementary is currently without a PTA, so Classen Ten Penn volunteered to throw them a PTA event with pizza provided by our Empire sister concept, Easy E. We are appreciative of the local initiatives to make OKC a better place, one pizza at a time!
We put it out there on the webs that we wanted to hook up a few local kids' sports teams, and MAN did we not expect the amount of submissions we received. OVER 200. WOW!
We narrowed it down to 3 of our favorites and gave each of them a $1000 check and a pizza party for the squad!
Congratulations to OK Attitude Softball, Jefferson Middle School Soccer / Football, and OK Blaze!
We had the honor of preparing a send off dinner for Jackson and his family before his Make a Wish trip to visit Japan!
We are honored to receive this award, and will continue to push Oklahoma forward!
Thanks for nominating us, Representative Jason Dunnington!
Proud to be a sponsor for Jabee's album release party. What a great show!