Record Heat Brings in Record Pizza Sales

By: Faran Fronczak
By: Faran Fronczak

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Families are getting out of the kitchen cause they can't take the heat, and Stateline restaurants are booming with take-out orders.

"People just want food brought to them. Nobody wants to go anywhere or cook outside," says delivery driver Brent Carlovsky. Scorching temperatures are the last thing these boys think about with orders coming in by the second. "As soon as that heat got up there... at 4 o'clock, it was like a Friday night. A couple of the kids that work for me were panicing saying, 'Oh gosh! We can't keep up with this!'" says Anna's Pizza owner Brian Weavel.

Anna's Pizza has seen record breaking pie's out for delivery ever since Tuesday's temperatures hit an all time high. Pizza makers say in one night alone they made around 300 pizzas in the kitchen. Four extra delivery drivers were called in to keep up with demand.

"The hotter it is, the better it is for the pizza. So I like this heat right now," says Weavel. Anna's Pizza has four gigantic ovens... And each one of these ovens is set at 550 degrees. Cashier Kasey Benson says, "All of a sudden it's like you just hit a sauna. You're so excited to come back to the front here with the air conditioning and the fans going."

Some customers can handle driving to pick up their pizza, but most want it delivered. Carlovsky says, "Most of the time they want me to come around back and take it to them in the pool, or they're inside sitting in the air conditioning."

Owner brian weavel says his pizza place has doubled their sales every night since Tuesday.

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