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I met Mike Illitch a few times while working at Comerica Park. He spoke to everybody and every person just referred to him as Mister. Mister wants something brought to the clubhouse, etc...
The only thing not genuine about that man was his hair!
Get dis ting OFFA ME!
Here. Eat this. Leave us alone.
I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast.
You can have a warm glass of shut the hell up!
Remember that meesta meesta lady? I think I killed her
Remember that mista mista lady? I think I just hit her with the car.
“Just killed her”
On the radio, stereo
Wait, that's not his natural hair?
I mean his fake hair still looks better than a lot of hair jobs I’ve seen.
Not to detract from his awesomeness but... His name sounds like an all-star a sports announcer would shout out as he comes out the tunnel.
Mike Illitch was an amazing human being and did so much for his community.
don't undersell the 5 dollar hot 'n ready pie
It's HOT and it's READY
But is it good?
It's actually not bad, just try not to think about how they got the price down to five bucks.
Pizza is actually upsold big time. My friend’s parents own a pizza shop that make the typical decent local pizza. According to him, it costs much less than $5 to make an X-Large pizza. I mean dough, cheese and a few ingredients doesn’t cost much at all we just accept the high prices. There’s a pizza place I go to a lot with coworkers (it’s the best local one and pizza is solid) and we will order a few XL large pizzas and they only charge us $15 and sometimes not at all. This only reaffirms what my friend says because this place has been in business for decades.
I work at a Papa John's and that isn't the case we also have semi high food cost because it's franchise instead of going to a kitchen supply, cisco would be far cheaper if I was doing everything scratch.
Bad press and high overhead??? Papa johns is screwing up big time. I stick to local pizza
Please do wouldn't work here if I had other options not alot of cooking jobs around here
I did my time in papa johns. It was hell. Now whenever I pass one or see an ad I say “fuck papa johns” as loud as possible.
Edit: Since people are taking the "as loud as possible" thing literally... I don't. 90% of the time I'm in my car with friends who get the inside joke.
I don't mind the food quality. But with so many other options around, the whole recent debacle always makes me think twice when I feel like ordering pizza.
I stick to local pizza
But if everyone did. How would the Little Caesar's guy afford to pay Rosa Parks rent??
We have come full circle.
Yeah check out the dollar slice YouTube episode that was released today on munchies YouTube channel.
They said as long as they make a certain quota they can afford to make nice pies and sell them at a dollar a slice (pretty large slices too)
Last time I was in NYC there were dollar slice shops like twice a block, slices about the size of my face. Literally didn’t feel the need to eat anything else for most of my duration there.
You can live on pizza in NYC without a problem. You'll die early but other than that, no problem.
I dunno, I worked at a papa John's and our manager added up the cost of a single large works to about 1.25. Still, that's in Georgia and only cost of ingredients.
PJs is in a downward spiral because of the founder. I wouldnt be suprised he fleeces his own franchises.
For $5 it's incredible pizza.
Def saved my ass in college.
their deep dish is seeiously fire.
its fantastic, i like my pizza cold, and those hot and readies taste way better out of my fridge then literally any of the other big pizza chains
Cold leftover little ceasers really is a category of it's own.
I love little caesar's, but they're the one brand of pizza I actually don't like cold out of the fridge, interesting
ITS HOT AND ITS READY
If it’s fresh? Shit yeah it is. If not as fresh, still good. It’s hard to fuck up a pizza, even if it’s only $5.
You can’t even be mad if it’s ok pizza for $5
Right? IDK how much Casey’s charges for a whole pizza, but I remember asking myself what the hell business a damn gas station has going into the pizza business... that is until I had a slice and gladly ate my words. And the pizza.
former midwesterner here, i used to eat caseys pizza often due to travel for work/personal reasons. if you haven't had it, their breakfast pizza is really good, though quality can vary wildly between stations from best pizza ever to papa johns on a monday afternoon
Just had it tonight. Pepperoni with jalapeño cheddar dipping sauce. Hard to beat it for the price.
Good lord, that dipping sauce is a must. I usually go with the garlic butter, but all of them are fantastic.
It's better if you call ahead and have them make a fresh one
Y--yes. . .
Cheap but good pizzas, and the founder was a philanthropist and a good human being (with an added bonus as a retired Marine). That's why I keep going back to Little Caesars.
Seriously, how is the pizza these days? I haven't had it in decades and there is one nearby my new place.
The other fast food chain pizza joints have gotten so shit that they're actually about on par now.
I find it sad how true this is. Pizza Hut was always greasy even when I was a kid but now it is more grease than pizza and Papa Johns dough tastes like a fucking sponge.
I have a personal thing agains PJs. The first time I ate pizza from there, I ended up projectile vomiting 7 times within 2 hours. I was 7ish. Then the next time was when I was 15 at a pizza party at school. Vomited again. I tried it one last time when I started college 4 years ago at 19 and took a bite off my friends pizza. Stomach cramps and nausea all day.
I hate papa john and his shitty, poisonous pizza
I always got sick off the garlic sauce so I quit that. Then one time ordering a well done pizza the dough was still raw. Had them send a new one and it was raw again. Never again.
It's edible. For $5 the only other cheap decent pizza outside of New York is Costco IMHO.
I personally like their Italian bread and stuffed cheese pizza, with some 4 cheese marinara to dunk in.
The Italian cheese bread is all I get there. It’s probably so bad for me health-wise, but it’s so delicious I don’t even care.
It's good if you need a thousand calories 10 minutes ago.
Costco pizza is too good to be that cheap.
Pretty positive I read or watched something that said they actually take a loss on it.
Cause you buy a soda with the slice, which is one of the highest profit margins.
It's called a loss leader.
Plus the entire reason they even have a food court at Costco is just to keep you there longer. Same with Ikea and Sam's Club.
They could operate their entire kitchen at a break-even/minor loss and it still easily makes up for it.
Deep dish is great for $8
Second this. I usually skip the $5 stuff and go right to the deep deep dish, as it's the most satisfying pizza I've had for under $15. Greasy as hell, but worth it. And when they had that bacon wrapped deep dish? *heavy breathing*
Pizza isn’t the best, but the Crazy Bread is still amazing. One of the better chain pizza places.
Compared to a local pizzeria or home made pie, it's not too great.
Compared to a big chain pizzeria, like Pizza Hut or Dominoes, it's equal at an insanely lower price.
Compared to a frozen pizza, well it depends on which brand of pizza, but it's generally equal or a step up.
Compared to a convenience store pizza, like 7-11, it's a big step up.
You are paying just $6.55 at most for a large, immediately-ready pizza that's average at worst. The price makes up for the quality and you can feed so many people (or yourself for awhile) for cheap.
I love buying like 6 pizzas from them to feed everyone at my parties. Nobody complains, free beer and pizza is scarce these days.
It’s not bad. For $5 it scratches the pizza itch well enough.
The extra most bestest pizza isn't half bad. We eat it whenever we have a really busy day because it's on the way home from town.
They have this pretzel crust pizza for six dollars that I actually like.
Try it, its 5 bucks. And even bad pizza is still decent. Its definitely better than most frozen brands.
I got to say Little Caesars is pretty darn good pizza and the crazy bread is the best. Illitch made a pizza chain any working person could take the time to stop by and afford and he didn't do delivery because he knew it was terrible work for drivers.
There used to be a little ceasars near where I live now, wish it was there still. Good deal and the pizza usually isn't too gross by the next day like some places.
Mike Illitch = (John Schnatter)-1
He wasn’t the saint everyone thinks he is. He secretly bought properties all over Downtown Detroit for years, left them empty, intentionally sat on them and did nothing so he could drive the prices down in the area, so he could buy MORE properties and then ask the bankrupt city for 500 million to build a stadium for him. Plus they haven’t followed through on any promises, like the entertainment district and using 50% Detroit contractors for the job. The Illitches are awful. Don’t buy what their PR tells you.
I'm sorry but you need to provide evidence before throwing around accusations like this. The 50% Detroit contractors requirement is a city of Detroit requirement for any work downtown that the city is involved in. If this wasn't done, the city must have given dispensation. Further, I 400% guarantee that project is managed by a project management contractor and the Illitch family was not making those level of decisions.
As far as the property, you would have to make the same argument for literally dozens, potentially hundreds, of other investors in the city of Detroit. It is a blighted city. Just because you have bought up a portion of it doesn't mean it makes good business sense to develope it immediately. The amount of money the illitch family put into Detroit for just the new Wings stadium and the apartments and businesses surrounding, and removing the shit hole properties that were there prior, is phenomenal for the redevelopment of Detroit. It's for business, sure, but their family is investing big where others haven't had the courage to, and its going to take people taking that risk to build Detroit back up. The Illitch family is basically ground zero at that point.
The area that they built the arena in was a complete shithole, no one was living there anyways. plus there is no shortage of empty lots or abandoned buildings people can buy in Detroit.
I’m glad someone said it. Fuck the Ilitches and fuck Olympia Entertainment.
The guy who negotiated the new stadium deal for the Downtown Development Authority was given a job by Olympia/District Detroit afterward. Yeah. Nothing to see here.
And had the most convincing toupee of all time.
To do this and then keep it a secret. That’s a whole new level of classy. Good man.
It's neat when some celebs and high powered people try to keep their donations a secret so that it doesn't unintentionally turn into a PR moment and more about them than the actual act of donating to something.
George Michael is another great example of this
Thanks for bringing this up, I just googled some of his actions, and they were pretty awesome. Inspirational, even!
As a struggling small business owner, I one day hope to have enough money that I can do good things just for the sake of it. I'm not being obnoxious, I mean that really is basically my whole goal
Was a great hockey ambassador and really helped the Red Wings become the dominating franchise they were during their 25 year playoff streak.
R.I.P. Mr. Illitch
They also have a solid junior hockey team also named Little Cesar's with some of the best jerseys I've ever seen.
The Little Caesar's hockey program has been one of the biggest influences in developing US athletes in hockey.
For those who dont know, Mike created a youth hockey program so elite that many of the coaches are former NHL players and/or coaches but they accept anyone they can. Their program is open to literally anyone and even the poorest player in the league will get instruction from professional coaches.
They also have a girls program that has become a funnel into the national team.
Mr. I did as much for hockey(and the city of detroit) as anyone in the last 50 yrs. The world is a lesser place since he passed.
He’s the anti Papa Johns.
Papa John (the actual guy, John Schattner) gets a bad rep and deservedly so frankly. He’s always been an asshole. My sister in law’s aunt went to college with the guy at Ball State, I guess they took an oceanography class together with this professor named Dr. Kraft, for whatever reason the guy kept called him “Dr. Crapped” every time he’d answer a question in class. From what I was told, I guess when the professor wrote his name on the board, he kinda wrote the f in a way that made it almost look like the f was a p, making it “Dr. Krapt”,so I give the guy the benefit of the doubt on the first day. But the whole semester? Come on.
You do realize he is also a terrible human being outside of calling his professor names and the whole reason he was exorcised from the company?
You do realize the guy said “He’s always been an asshole” implying the more terrible stuff and this anecdote?
”He’s always been an asshole.”
Context my friend. They know. They’re saying why he’s always been an asshole.
He is giving a relevant anecdote.
John schattner is a racist douche bag who saying he is a libertarian but is just a selfish asshole. He would be an Ayn Randian if he was smart enough to even read her shitty but hurt rich girl made poor greed is good wank fiction.
I... Think I'm with you, but your sentence kinda derailed at the end, there.
I read Atlas Shrugged.
For a girl.
It was horrible.
Rand finished her life on welfare.
Let that sink in.
Also the dude from Dominos was a fucking psychopath. I think he founded the United States largest Christian community or something..
My Dad went to seminary with Tom Monaghan. His reputation was of a playboy and poor student who wasn't interested in being there. Monaghan was expelled for behavioral problems. When my Dad saw the controversy over the 'Word of God' idiots Tommy boy was financing, he said only that 'it figures that he's interpreting every single thing all wrong'. He IS a fucking psychopath and his pizza fucking sucks.
How cool was it that Papa John got his muscle car stolen? Makes me smile.
The dude who invented corn flakes. used to like cut boys penis’s and shit
Sorry I came out of left field with that one. I read about it the other day and have just been dying to talk about it
Tell me more!
From what I read he was like super crazy religious (like the dominos guy but a little more old school) and made corn flakes intentionally look super plain and boring. The purpose being to help people stop masturbating lmao.
I also read that he used to like punish boys who he caught masturbating by mutilating their dicks. Idk the context of how he was able to do that or how he found out, but like I said, it was just a rabbit hole I went down while I was taking a shit at work the other day
The cornflakes are used as mattress stuffing, not food. It would stop masturbation by making it impossible to jack off in bed without someone hearing.
Haha wow. That’s wild. The ultimate test when you think about it. Jerking it as quietly as you possibly can.. knowing that if you get caught it’s pretty much over. Ultimate game of risk.
The founder of kellog was a religious nut who was obsessed with suppressing sexual urge's. Thought circumcision helped with it. Also thought his cereal would keepkids from beating off or and whatnot. Actually its kind of similar to the guy who invented the Graham cracker, he had similar ideas.
He belived masterbation was a sin. The Movie "Road to Wellness" which is a dark comedy with John Cusack and Anthony Hopkins is about him, with Anthony Hopkins playing him. He was a moral healthy living nut job rich bastard.
Kellogg had very puritanical beliefs and thought food should be boring as fuck so you don't masturbate or have joy or do anything beyond drown in your cereal bowl.
He's the reason male circumcision is so normalized in the USA. He also liked to circumcise little girls by burning off their clitorises with boric acid. Super great guy all around.
Their is a huge Detroit business owner that is the anti-Mr. I, it's Dan Gilbert.
And now we have pretzel crust pizza.
Omg. Seriously? I eat too much Little Caesar's as is... But... Pretzel crust!
With cheddar cheese dip too. Shit's great for its price point.
That's happening tomorrow...
its soooo good dude. youre going to want to get two pizzas, im warning you. dont make the same mistske i made the first time i "tried" it. that shit is a staple on my little caesers order now.
Is this a special thing or is it on the 5 dollar hot and ready?
My diabetes needs this...
I work at Little Caesars, we use nacho cheese instead of sauce, we use 5 ounces of cheese instead of 8/10 and we put a small measuring cup of another type of cheese over the pepperoni. Not to mention the “pretzel” is the same dough as the normal pizza but we just put baking soda in water on the crust before it goes into the oven.
Fun fact; baking soda + water brushed onto newly formed dough is exactly how you make pretzel dough. Not a fast food kitchen gimmick.
Good to know, thank you for that
Thanks for the info. I guess the question is, does it taste good/different from other crusts?
Definitely, it actually taste somewhat like an actual pretzel but i dod forget to mention that when it comes out of the oven, we put margarine on the crust to give it a sweet pretzel taste and we do salt the crust as well but you can request to have an unsalted one.
I'm was a bit too salty for my tastes. And I like salt.
It is delicious.
Way too salty
I work at an LC and about 3-4 times a week I get a call from a customer complaining about it being too salty. Well, when you've got 6 pizzas coming out of the oven every 30 seconds, putting the "perfect" amount of salt on every pizza is somewhat unrealistic.
I have no problem apologizing if there wasnt enough, that was our bad.. But if theres too much, you've got a damn pair of hands, brush that shit off with a napkin or something. It's not like you're not gunna have grease on your hands already.
See I’d feel the opposite way. I can salt my pizza at home.
How do you rub off salt? Doesn’t it blend into the cheese? I thought once you oversalt something, your fucked
Holy shit I work at little ceasars too! I know what you mean, when you get a huge rush and you’re the only one at landing. Sometimes you gotta sacrifice some quality just so pizzas dont start falling to the floor
The Little Caesar's in Echo Park gives pizzas out to the hobos camped around the lake, so I guess the corporate culture is one of generosity
Corporate has a hot n ready truck they regularly bring out to charities for free pizza too!
I miss the old chasers pizza that came in the lo ng package with door sized pictures.
I used to live by one that used to set all the leftover pies out back exactly at close still in the boxes while alot of other places make employees purposely destroy packaging to prevent scavenging.
Fucking awesome. He could so he did. Right on un-evil rich dude.
Right? Its nice to hear about stuff like this to remind me that they're not all bad guys.
Yup. There’s a lot of wealthy people who do good things but they’re often the same people humble enough to keep what they do private. Unfortunately it’s like a lot of thing these days. The worst of people in each group of people is the most vocal and the most talked about
Now I can eat a Hot N’ Ready and not feel bad... maybe get some cheesy bread. That’s some long game advertising.
We built the new Red Wing stadium in his honor. It recently finished construction and is called the Little Ceasar's arena. RIP
I was an assistant manager at Little Caesar's in the early 90s (went to Pizza College and everything. I think it was called Pizza College. Even if it wasn't, I prefer to think of it as Pizza College.). Mike Ilitch and his daughter were doing a tour of stores in my district. When I met him, I remember thinking what a nice guy he was. Definitely not the corporate overlord I was expecting. He had a real sense of pride for the company, and individual store. If I recall, he actually got on the line during a lunch rush, and worked with the rest of us.
While he was there, we had a sort of Pizza Olympics. Awards were given for fastest pizza dressing, dough prep, cheese grinding (you threw giant blocks of mozzarella and muenster cheese into an industrial mixer, and ground it up until it was the perfect shred), fastest sheet outs (taking the dough balls, pressing them, and running them through the dough flattening machine. Then you press the dough into the pans). I won fastest sheetout in the district, and Mike Ilitch presented me with a certificate. I wish I still had it.
I'm a long, long, LONG way from my days working there, and memories of LC are getting foggier every year, but I'll always remember how nice Mike Ilitch was when we met.
Call me crazy, but I don't think that's his natural hair color.
"Mr. Illitch, why do you keep doing that to your hair?"
"When the babes come around, I always want to be...hot 'n' ready."
We played baseball in a league his company sponsored in Michigan. A friend was hit in the head by a baseball and sent to the hospital.
Guess who made sure everything was taken care of!
No, he sealed the floor of her apartment with pitch or tar to prevent leakage, hence he payed it.
The more amazing part is that the OP basically copied the article headline but decided to change that one word!
This is how you do good things for people when youre wealthy and famous- you just fucking do them and dont seek a public pat on the back.
Regardless whether other people know or not, you know youre doing a good thing and thats the all that really matters imo
On a side note though, what kind of monster breaks into a Rosa Parks house and beats her up and robs her? What the fuck lol...of all people...
You break into the house "Im Rosa Parks"...."oh shit lady, im so sorry, heres a 100 bucks for the window i broke, my apologies...." thats what even a partial human being would do lol
Welp they got a new customer
It has been around 50 years, but I still miss Little Ceasers spaghetti.
And less time, but Pizza Pizza.
Oh my god I had totally forgotten that they used to have spaghetti.
Seems like forever ago.
Yeah fuck you papa john! You will NEVER MEASURE UP YOU TURD
sorry I’ve had a large amount of wines
TIL Rosa Parks and Little Caesers existed at the same time.
Mike Ilitch has done more for Detroit than damn near anyone else. He was also owner of the Red Wings and Tigers. Improved both franchises. Donated plenty of money to downtown Detroit charitable organizations and Wayne State University. Paying Rosa Parks rent is completely in character for him
I wanna know who the fuck would rob Rosa fuckin Parks? I mean, of all people one could rob in and around Detroit, they robbed the woman who kickstarted the civil rights era? Wat
More like 3 days ago you learned, when this hit the main page
Not hard to not look like a shit head anymore being a founder/owner of a Pizza chain considering how low Papa set the bar. But this guy is the real MVP of good guy pizza chains.
Another reason why little caesars is the best pizza
Repost from the other day.
That's great but let's not forget hot and ready pizza for $5 is the true work of a saint
His second greatest contribution to humanity after their Italian Cheese Bread.
Mr I was a great man. He did so much to help revitalize Detroit, very well respected around these parts.
I just knew living off hot and ready's for years was for the greater good somehow
That Little Caesars deep dish pepperoni though. I battled a few of those.