Village Pizza and Wings has been a Six Nations staple for almost 20 years, but serving quality food with friendly, topnotch customer service comes naturally to manager Natasha Logan, who has been doing so since she was a young teen.
In fact, the food service industry is a family tradition that goes back to Logan’s Grandparents, Peter and Betty Hill, who owned and operated a grocery store at Beavers Corners on Six Nations three generations ago.
“Almost all of their children, my aunts and uncles, carried on in the restaurant business, and now their grandchildren are doing it,” says Logan. “It’s a family business and once we turn a certain age, usually 12, we start part time as a dish washer and work our way up from there.”
Three years ago, Village Pizza and Wings moved from its location on Fourth Line Road, a little closer to the Chiefswood Road intersection, into a much bigger and newer facility, which was originally built by her brother Michael Isaac as Southern Style Restaurant.
“He just didn’t have the time to focus on it so that closed and we moved in,” she said. Village Pizza and Wings will be celebrating its 19th anniversary on the Bread and Cheese weekend in May with some special anniversary items on the menu. The new building has allowed Village Pizza and Wings to expand and now offers a sit-in dining room able to accommodate around 50 people at any given time, with a much broader menu to choose from. They also host groups or birthday parties as well.
Being so close to the Gaylord Powless Arena it has quickly become a favorite stop for visiting teams and their parents.
The sit in dinning room also has Wi-Fi Internet service for anyone wanting to enjoy a working lunch or take a break from their surroundings without losing valuable productive time.
Of course the take out counter on the other side is still a very busy place. Isaacs is constantly upgrading her menu and has just added a few new items recently, including salads with crispy or grilled chicken as well as gluten free pizza.
The Village Pizza and Wings consists of somewhere around 25 employees, part time and fulltime combined, some of which have been on staff for several years. Assistant manager, Tracey Russell, has been working at Village Pizza and Wings since it first opened its doors and still loves coming into work every day. Chief pizza maker, Jackie Hill has been there for 17 years.
According to staff, as busy as the kitchen is, it is a very friendly and fun atmosphere to work in with a lot of fun and comradery which spills over to their customers. Some say you can even taste it in the food.