MILTON, Ga. — Milton High graduate Drew French began Your Pie in 2008, aiming to provide delicious pizza fast in a family atmosphere. Since then, the company has grown through franchising to include 49 locations from California to Chicago, with 50 more stores in developmental stages. And now the company is coming back to where it all started. Your Pie opened its Milton location Friday at 2955 Bethany Bend, near where the company’s founder grew up.
“To have a store in our hometown is cool,” French said. “My parents still live in the area.”
Following his Italian honeymoon, French opened the first Your Pie in Athens, featuring what he calls “the best pizza in the world,” with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces inspired by the Italian island of Ischia. He also created a casual, family atmosphere.
“We wanted to talk to every customer and provide a great experience,” he said. “Milton is our 48th location and that mentality hasn’t changed. We still provide brick-oven pizza and do it in an atmosphere that is family friendly and a fun place to work and hang out.”
Your Pie’s focus goes beyond just providing tasty pizza, French said.
“We come into communities with the goal to make the community better,” he said. “We look to be a fabric of the community.”
One of the ways Your Pie benefits its locations communities is through its “Dine and Donate” events.
These benefits raise funds for local charitable organizations or causes. At its Milton location, Your Pie offered 1,000 free pizzas to collect monetary donations to benefit 104.7 The Fish’s annual Christmas Wish program.
Your Pie also offers benefit nights, in which a percentage of sales goes to local organizations.
The Milton Your Pie will be the second location under the ownership of brothers Jacob and Justin Patterson who also own the Roswell location.
Justin echoes the sentiment that Your Pie helps to better the community.
“We can’t wait to share the Your Pie experience with Milton, and are excited to get involved in the local community and leave it better than we found it,” he said. “Through sponsorships, fundraisers, percentage nights and donations, we plan to thank the community by giving back in a variety of ways.”