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Wednesday, July 12th 2017
From the humble beginnings of a converted horsebox serving delicious wood-fired pizza, the Dough Ballers are the latest summer signing at Ashton Gate Stadium.
The Sports Bar has been adapted over the summer to become a pizzeria, serving up delicious handmade pizzas six days a week.
Ashton Gate Stadium managing director Mark Kelly said: “The feedback we had from last year about the Sports Bar & Grill was that on matchdays, although the food was great it was slow and difficult to get a table. So, we’ve listened to our fans and have been trying to improve that offering.
“We were already working with the Dough Ballers outside as one of the Fan Village concessions and saw the product that they were serving outside. It was great pizza and a great speed of service, so we started conversations to invite them inside and help us transform the Sports Bar.
Kelly continues: “The fact that they are two local entrepreneurs that are passionate about the quality of food and service they provide meant it was a perfect fit and we hope that fans will love it.”
Chris Leech and Jamie Fisher are the founders of the Dough Ballers’ franchise. Two local lads who had a dream of serving up the perfect Neapolitan pizza from their converted horsebox as Jamie Fisher explains: “It started with an idea of converting a horsebox into a mobile wood-fired pizza oven!
“I’m half-Italian and have been involved in the hospitality industry for years. When I met Chris we had this opportunity to convert a horsebox and the business just took off.
“My dream was to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza, like you get in Italy, that’s why we only use authentic Italian ingredients.”
Chris goes on to add: “We’re still quite in shock that in just under two years we’ve gone from doing festivals and private celebrations, to having the opportunity to run our own restaurant here at Ashton Gate. I’ve been a season card holder here for years and to now be working inside the stadium with our very own franchise is a dream come true!”.
The Sports Bar & Pizzeria opens Wednesday, July 26th 2017.
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