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"Just had the Buffalo Chicken Drafthaus Pizza. AWESOME. cant wait to try other varieties too."

– Paul

"We thoroughly enjoy this pizza - the crust holds up well and they do not skrimp on the toppings. Awesome!"

– Mary

"Pep's Drafthaus Sausage/pepperoni Pizza is pound for pound the best frozen pie on the marketplace"

– Ben

"Tried the Drafthaus pizzas tonight for the first time and my entire family was blown away!"

– Sally

"The best frozen pizza I've ever had! The amount of cheese and the sausage was amazing!"

– Ronald

More than pizza. It’s tradition.

The man that put the pep in Pep’s was Joseph “Pep” Simek Sr, an American businessman originally from Ogema, Wisconsin. In 1962 Pep, along with his brother Ron Simek, became the co-owners and bartenders of the Tombstone Tavern in Medford, WI. The Tombstone Tavern was located adjacent to a cemetery, leading to the origin of its name. Pep and Ron set up a side business making pizzas in the tavern’s tiny 6’ x 6’ kitchen in the back of the bar to bring in extra income. The new pizzas became very popular, and Tombstone Pizza was born. Pep served as CEO of Tombstone Pizza until the business was sold to Kraft Foods in 1986.

Years later Pep Simek opened a second Pizzeria, Pep’s Pizza, again in Medford, Wisconsin. As the demand for Pep’s Pizza increased, he worked with Hansen Foods to produce a frozen line his new pizzas and expanded his sales throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

Upon Pep’s passing in 2013, his unique recipe’s and brand of Pep’s Pizza was purchased by Hansen Foods and became a permanent part of the Hansen’s family of brands. Today, we continue the Pep’s tradition with our delicious Pep’s Drafthaus Original (Thin and Regular Crust) Pizzas and Pep’s Flatbread Pizzas.

Pep Simek

Pep Simek, Founder of Pep’s Pizza

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