Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has New Proprietor
ST. LOUIS, MO/June 06, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Joanie’s Pizzeria (JP) has been a Soulard sensation for over 20 years. Ready to take on new challenges and embark on a somewhat “normal” life Joanie Thomas, owner of Joanie’s Pizzeria has “passed the pie “. Jeff Schneider, a veteran manager of Joanie’s has taken over the reins of this prolific pizzeria while Joanie still in charge of Joanie’s To Go (JTG).
Jeff has been a manager at Joanie’s for five years. It has been a personal goal of his to own a bar by his 40th birthday. Taking over ownership of the restaurant at 39, Jeff is poised to carry on a legacy 20 years in the making.
Not only will he be taking over a Soulard pizza landmark, Schneider has lived in Soulard for over 10 years and has taken an active role in the betterment of the community.
She may be passing the pie, but that doesn’t mean Joanie will be leaving the Joanie’s Pizzeria family. Joanie says she will still be around for the near future. Schneider plans on using Joanie as a sounding board for advice on some of his future plans. The two have developed a close relationship. Schneider says he thinks of Joanie as his big sister. Joanie will still be in charge of Joanie’s To Go, a catering offshoot of the pizzeria specializing in delivered catering, residential & business carryout and delivery.
Joanie Thomas is Soulard born and bred. She grew up just blocks from the pizzeria. Joanie thinks of herself as a “city girl”, having grown up in McKinley Heights and being a graduate of St. Anthony’s of Padua High School. The secret to Joanie’s success is her recipes. Joanie and her friend, Jim Russell worked together to create the renowned pizza recipes.
Joanie would like to thank all of the customers that have become part of the Joanie’s Pizzeria family. According to Joanie, without them, Joanie’s Pizzeria would not have been the success and neighborhood land mark it now is.
The change of ownership became official in May 2015. Although ownership has changed, Joanie’s famous recipes have remained the same. As manager, Schneider created several popular specials. Those specials are going to remain in place. The one change he has made was to develop more of a late-night crowd. He just had a brand new Patio Bar built for the 2017 Patio Season. The Grand Opening was Sunday, June 4th.