Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is a fast-casual and gourmet pizza joint with a love of hip hop and R&B culture serving up artisan pies made with locally sourced ingredients. It’s a hip-hop-inspired spot founded by three Nashville natives who aim to rejuvenate the less developed areas of the community through the creation of employment opportunities, locally brewed craft beer, and innovative pizza creations.
Its uniqueness is in its fast-casual concept and the ability for the customers to build-their-own pizzas in two sizes, either the “slim” 10-inch for $12 and the “husky” 16-inch for $15 or the Signature pies, such as Got 5 On It, Rony, Roni, Rone!. Cee No Green is named after the founders’ favorite jams and hip-hop and ’90s R&B artists. Like the crooner, CeeLo Green from Atlanta-based Goodie Mob, The slim & husky’s red sauce pizza topped with ground beef, pepperoni, hickory smoked bacon, Canadian bacon, and Italian sausage, satisfying customers with their exquisite taste and unbeatable delivery services.
Apart from pizzas, Slim and Husky’s also offers pasta, salads, and cinnamon rolls as well as a selection of local beers on tap. They also provide beverage offerings ranging from self-serve iced tea and soft drinks, including the Soda brand Agave Vanilla, to wine, cider, and adult slushies. Atlanta hip-hop beer aficionado Ale Sharpton prepares the variety of local beers on tap. Beyond that, there’s the “Hotboy” salad with the option of adding cooked toppings, bacon, and flavored cinnamon rolls, like Sticky Fingaz with caramel sauce, glazed pecans, and Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey.
If we could go on and on talking about slim & husky delicious pizza without talking about the brains behind them, then this story isn’t complete, let me introduce you to Clint Gray, Derrick Moore, and E.J. Reed, with the vision of owning their own business, they founded the slim & husky pizza beeria, they were childhood friends, college roommate, and graduates of Tennessee State University. They say the name slim & husky came from a joke the longtime friends have been laughing about for years. One of them a thin guy, but the other two were hefty, forcing their mothers to shop for their children’s clothing in the children’s husky section. This Tennessee State University graduates started the fast-casual, gourmet pizza joint as a way to serve unique pies and reduce the unemployment rate in their neighborhood in North Nashville. Now, Slim & Husky’s offers build-your-own pizzas, take out options, catering services, and service delivery through third-party vendors.
In the year 2017, after selling their eco-friendly storage and moving company which they started in 2010, Gray, Moore, and Reed opened their first Slim & Husky’s outlet in North Nashville, and that’s when the pizza revolution started as slim & husky’s pizza beeria will continue to expand with new locations like the sister restaurant across the street at Nashville also new outlets at Atlanta and Antioch.
In May 2019, the first Atlanta location of the Nashville-based Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria opened along Howell Mill Road. It acquired the former One Rooster space at the 1016 Lofts complex, while the second location will be on Metropolitan Parkway in Adair Park on Friday, March 20, 2020. An opening block party planned for Saturday, March 21, according to the slim & husky Facebook page.
With an increase in revenue of 25% from 2018 to 2019 Slim & husky’s plan to scale up in the coming years as they aim to double their footprint is opening new outlets at Memphis Sacramento and one in downtown’s sprawling fifth – Broadway with the buildout for each location hovering around $1million.
In an interview with one of the founders, Clint grays, he said the decision to bring the first Slim & Husky’s outlet outside of Nashville to Atlanta was an obvious one as he remembered growing up in Nashville, Atlanta was always that big city away from home. It’s the first place you want to visit with your friends once you turned 18, it was because you knew you all were going to have a good time,” he said. “while at Tennessee State, we also played in the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Celebration Bowl. There was also the growth of the entertainment, music scene, and the movie scene there, so we felt like our concept could fit in.”
We grew up to love hip-hop and R&B. That’s why we play it super loud. And When people ask us to turn it down, we make them understand that music is a way of expressing our culture. It is who we are.’ And we all love art. We feel its connection in all experiences, and we want to use it to connect with people when they come to our restaurants. We have a collection of local Atlanta artists, and we also brought down a couple of songs from Nashville artists. We’re in the process of starting our own Slim & Husky’s collection, with local artists going from city to city and doing art shows.”
In Slim and husky its hip-hop culture is reflected in their restaurant settings as high-volume bass groove pumps from the sound system, and artworks are commissioned to line the walls of the former One Rooster space which is the first outlet in Atlanta included murals by Atlanta artists Dizzy, Quake, and Xmaine. As in line with the founders Clint Gray, Derrick Moore, and E.J. Reed’s goal for slim and husky pizza beeria to be a fusion of music, art and of course pizza as they aim to highlight their African culture through their products as well as connect their customers to their African roots.
In slim and husky, you are allowed as customers to build your pizza concept, as you can also order as many pizzas as many you want online through the slim and husky app or their website or go to ubereat or DoorDash or Postmates.