Pizza lovers ready for a new twist on their favorite food will find it at Williamson County’s first Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust Pizza, which recently opened in Cool Springs.
Transplants to the area who discovered the national chain’s flavored pizza crust, oven-baked calzone-style subs, salads, wings and addictive “Howie Breads” elsewhere no doubt are rejoicing, while locals unfamiliar with Hungry Howie’s should waste no time checking it out.
Locally owned by longtime Brentwood natives Michael and Angela Hubbard, the new carryout and delivery restaurant is located at 9200 Carothers Parkway. Though new to our area, Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust Pizza was founded in 1973 in Michigan; in 2004 it was named “Chain of the Year” by Pizza Today magazine. Today there are over 600 locations in 21 states.
Let’s start with the crusts, shall we? How does butter, Asiago cheese, Cajun, butter cheese, sesame, garlic herb, ranch or onion sound? Pretty good, we know. And yes, they have an original too for the unimaginative.
Hungry Howie’s pizzas come in thin, deep dish and original varieties and a variety of sizes. Depending on the size of your family, party or appetite, you can order a junior, small, medium, large or extra large. “Howie Packs” for large parties are also available through its catering menu.
While all of the traditional pizza toppings are available, consider an Asian Chicken, Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger or Philly Cheese Steak pizza for something a little different. The menu has two styles of wings and four flavors, including barbecue, buffalo and Asian. The menu also features “Howie Rolls” stuffed with meats and cheeses and baked in pizza dough and five varieties of Howie Bread.
From its earliest days, Hungry Howie has also given back to the community and Hubbard is doing the same at his new Carothers Parkway location.
This month, the restaurant is participating in Hungry Howie’s national Love, Hope & Pizza campaign for breast cancer awareness. Every pizza will be served in a light pink box embellished with the National Breast Cancer Foundation logo. But that’s not all.
“On Mondays and Tuesdays throughout October we will donate 5 percent of our sales to Susan G. Komen Nashville,” Hubbard says. In addition, Hungry Howie is selling $1 bracelets, $2 reusable bags and $15.99 T-shirts with the Love, Hope & Pizza message with all proceeds going to the cause. Finally, every customer who donates $1 to the cause will be entered into a drawing for a year of free pizza from the Cool Springs location.
“We are proud to partner locally to help fund breast cancer research,” Hubbard says. “All sales and donations will be given directly to Susan G. Komen.”
In the past five years, Hungry Howie’s has raised more than $1 million nationally for breast cancer research.
“Love, Hope & Pizza has become an integral part of our brand, and we are proud to partner with the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation for this truly important cause,” says Rob Elliott, Hungry Howie’s vice president of strategic marketing. “We hope our participation can resonate with even more touching and positive stories within our communities, and truly believe that we can change the lives of many people by adding flavor to the fight.”
Hungry Howie’s Cool Springs location is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It accepts cash and all major credit cards. Call ahead at 615-224-8556 or order online by clicking here.