The grand opening date of Canton’s Buddy’s Pizza (42911 Ford Road) is still hazy — set in dough more so than cement — representatives of the company have confirmed.
But the best-case scenario appears to be late-June, a store manager revealed to SocialHouseNews.com.
Canton’s first Buddy’s — the restaurant has been a Detroit-area staple since 1946 and is headquartered in Farmington Hills — will be located at the site most-recently occupied by Genova Brick Oven Pizzeria, which closed in 2022 due in part to an inability to secure adequate staff.
The Canton Buddy’s will be a take-out/delivery-only store.
Genova earned rave reviews from customers and thrived prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Once its official closing was announced, fans shared widespread disappointment on Canton social-media platforms.
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Buddy’s currently has 16 locations — 13 in southeast Michigan, with single stores in Grand Rapids, Portage and Okemos.
Buddy’s is famous for inventing Detroit-style pizza — distinctive because of its square shape and crunchy, cheesy corner slices.
“Influenced by square Sicilian-style pizza, Detroit-style Pizza consistently impresses pizza lovers due to its unique layering structure and stunning presentation,” Buddy’s website explained.
Buddy’s’ Detroit-style pizza legacy began at Buddy’s Rendezvous Pizzeria on Six Mile and Conant street on Detroit’s eastside when in 1946 Gus Guerra and team made their first square-shaped pizza, the website added.
“Baked in forged-steel pans borrowed from local automotive plants, they were able to produce a very light and crispy crust which is now known as Detroit-style pizza,” the site says. “This was the first known square pizza in the U.S.”
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