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The big game is a big day for pizza people

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Chris Bickle boxes up pizzas for pickup or delivery.


POSTED February 4, 2012 12:18 a.m.

Chris Bickle has worked at Pizza Guys long enough to know that this weekend promises to be a busy one.

He’s been employed at the Manteca business located at 520 E. Yosemite Ave. for six years. Bickle, who earned his degree from California State University Bakersfield, is currently working towards becoming a teacher.

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the big pizza days of the year, with the big game featuring the New England Patriots taking on the New York Giants at Indianapolis.

“We were also busy when the (San Francisco) 49ers was still in the playoffs,” he said on Wednesday.

Bickle and his boss, Oudom Rattanachane, listed Halloween, the Fourth of July, and Christmas as their other busy times.

Rattanachane, who has been the Manteca Pizza Guys owner for the past seven years, referred to Super Bowl weekend as his busiest time.

“Most take advantage of our (advertised) deals,” he said. “We’ll do a lot of deliveries and a lot of (to-go) pickups.”

Rattanachane has already scheduled a full work staff, including four drivers to handle the calls for delivery – Pizza Guys go with just two drivers on most weekends. His pizzas can be delivered at the front door at any home or business in Manteca and Lathrop.

Pizzas are often the way to go to accommodate large gatherings thanks in part to people’s love of the dish coupled with affordability. On the average, pizza businesses can expect to experience a boost of about 35 percent when the AFC and NFC battle it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

At Pizza Guys, Rattanachane indicated that pepperoni pizzas are likely to be the most phoned-in order.

“I’m expecting that we’ll be busy a few hours before the game through halftime,” he said.

Rattanachane, who still calls Sacramento his home, started out doing deliveries. He took a gamble on owning his own franchise, grabbing the Manteca location.

Since then, he’s made his business student-friendly to the lunchtime crowd at Manteca High, selling slices and soft drinks at affordable prices. Rattanachane also supports the local high school athletic programs.

— Vince Rembulat
staff reporter

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