Buddy's Pizza opening location at Detroit Zoo

Buddy's will join two other popular Detroit food traditions


DETROIT – Buddy's Pizza is bringing its signature pizza to the Detroit Zoo.

The zoo made the big announcement on Thursday.

“The Detroit Zoo and Buddy’s Pizza are two southeast Michigan icons that have been serving families in the community for decades,” said Ron Kagan, executive director and CEO for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). “We’re excited to add this exceptional product to our dining options.” 

In addition to serving a variety of Buddy’s original square pizzas – including the chain’s special Detroit Zoo pizza, topped with its signature Motor City cheese blend, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, pine nuts and tomato-basil sauce – the restaurant will feature pizza by the slice, gluten-free pizza, antipasto salad and cold beverages.

“As the home of the original Detroit-style pizza, we’re thrilled for the opportunity to serve our pies inside one of the region’s most beloved cultural institutions,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza vice president of operations. “As we prepare for this new location, we look forward to giving our existing fans and zoo patrons a unique way to dine on our square pizza.”

The Detroit Zoo site – to be located just west of the Ford Education Center – will be the first Buddy’s Pizza within an attraction. Buddy’s will join two other popular Detroit food traditions at the Zoo – American Coney Island and Detroit Popcorn.

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