2017 Best Entrepreneur Under 40 Melissa Maese

Melissa Maese - The Pizza Joint

The first thing you notice anytime you step into any of the Pizza Joint’s three locations is that the same vibe of fun and comfort permeates all three. That’s from the care in delivering friendly service and – most importantly – pizza that keeps customers coming back for more. It’s a formula that owner Mel Maese has come to trust.

“I believe that if we treat our guests as individuals and give them the genuine Pizza Joint experience, then the success will follow,” Maese said. “I approach the daily grind with believing in my team, supporting them, encouraging them and recognizing that I need them as they need me.

“I’m a self taught restaurateur and still learning to do what I do, but continuously working to make it better, and believe I can.”

Her passion stems from the gratitude she has towards her community.

“I have been able to be creative, to come up with an idea and it become something way bigger than me,” Maese said “Its surreal. From the tasty pizza, to an awesome weekly open mic – I felt that The Pizza Joint was something this city needed. I really believed that, and I proved it.”

El Paso believes in you too, Mel.

More info: Pizza Joint, 2900 N Mesa St., 915-533-4066; 500 N. Stanton, 915-260-5556; 1506 Lee Trevino, 915-231-6646; facebook.com/ThePizzaJoint, the-pizza-joint.com

Runner-up: Dickey Williams – Tipsy Tiger, Murray’s, Ditzy Duck, College Dropout and Rooftop

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