On The Profit, investor Marcus Lemonis travels to Crestwood and Burbank, two suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, to check out the new business Simply Slices. Owners Dino and Debbie Pavoni say they’re the only place that serves pizza slices via a drive-thru. They opened the first Simply Slices 20 years ago in 1998. Now they tell Lemonis that they want to franchise the business nationwide. All slices are $2.39, 25-cents extra per topping. They also sell Sno Biz Shaved Ice ($3.25).
It was a successful business but then tragedy hit the Pavoni family. In 2002, Dino and Debbie’s 18-year-old son Dominick died from an overdose. Debbie tells Lemonis, with tears in her eyes, “We buried him on Thursday and went back to work on Friday.” Dominick was one of six children.
On a fun note: Dino and Debbie’s son Derrick Pavoni has been working at Simply Slices since he was 14. And now he’s known as “Pizza Ninja” on American Ninja Warrior. See photos below. New episodes of The Profit air Tuesdays at 10pm on CNBC.
Recognize his guy? Derrick has been working at Simply Slices since he was 14 years old. Yesterday, he got a call from American Ninja Warrior. He’s earned the opportunity to compete in the upcoming season of ANW!! We couldn’t be more proud of him and all his hard work and dedication! We can’t wait to see you run @dpavoni11
I just want to start by saying THANK YOU to everyone for their support!! I seriously can’t believe the support I have received it truly means the world!! It may not have been the run I expected A slight missjump off the platform killed my momentum and sent my back in the water. It’s humbling to realize countless hours spent in the gym could result in a fall just 32 seconds into my run. But honestly that’s what ninja so great you have to be locked in on every single detail!! It was such an honor competing on my second season of ANW and I am extremely motivated by this failure and will continue working like crazy to get another shot at the course!! @mattiseman and @akbar_gbaja hope you enjoyed the pizza!! It is so surreal to hear you guys call my run!!