By Susan Ward, KRTN
Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for September: Bruno’s Pizza and Wings.
Co-owner of Bruno’s Pizza and Wings, Mandy Hess, was our guest at KRTN on September 3, 2015.
Located at 244 South First Street in downtown Raton, Bruno’s Pizza and Wings serves up some of the best homemade pizza, chicken wings and salads in the area. Customers are already claiming their favorites: The New Mexican Pizza, Green Chile Chicken Pizza, Cranberry Chipotle Wings and Spinach Salad.
Owners Aaron Ley and Mandy Hess took some time to decide and start their own business in Raton. Mandy has been a part-time social worker, a counselor and a busy mom to her young children. Her partner, Aaron Ley, always made pizzas at home and “is really good at it.” Aaron had been working in the oilfield business in North Dakota, but is now with their family on a daily basis.
Aaron and Mandy opened Bruno’s Pizza and Wings in July 2015 with about 20 employees. KRTN’s Billy D noted, “You have an even bigger family now!” Billy D added, “It’s not easy to own your own business. But eating is great therapy. We all need to eat and break bread… And this is America! I’m loving this!”
The symbol of a bear (bruin, “Bruno”) makes a lot of sense for the town and tourists of Raton! Bruno’s displays a sports motif that is a welcomed addition to Historic First Street. Large-screen TVs showing sporting events can entertain guests while they anticipate their main course.
Convenient options for customers include Call-In/Take-Out Service (anytime) and Pizza-By-The-Slice (during lunch). Guests will appreciate that Bruno’s Pizza and Wings is open six days per week; they are only closed on Tuesdays.
Aaron Ley prepares homemade pizza dough everyday and assures the quality and taste of each pizza that leaves Bruno’s busy kitchen. Mandy Hess told Billy D that Bruno’s “adds a depth of flavor to each pizza with a dusting of the House Cheese Blend of Asiago, Provolone and Romano cheeses.” As KRTN Sales Manager, Alan Kenny, commented, “One cannot function without cheese!” Bruno’s offers twelve different pizzas in 12″ and 16″ sizes and encourages customers to “Create Your Own.” Bruno’s can even prepare gluten-free pizzas as needed.
Bruno’s brings Buffalo Chicken Wings and eight more flavors of tasty wings to Northeastern New Mexico. Customers can order baskets of ten (10) wings at a very reasonable price. Four different salads (in two sizes) are prepared to order and are a delicious beginning to your meal.
The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bruno’s Pizza and Wings was on Labor Day, September 7, 2015. KRTN welcomes Aaron, Mandy, their children and their “new family” of employees as September’s Super Stars of Business!