Lou Malnati’s just opened their 41st location in Lincoln Square and is wasting no time giving back to the community. On May 7, 2015, the restaurant donated 20% of the night’s proceeds to local charity, Lincoln Square Friendship Center.
Lou Malnati’s strives to grow and open new business the right way. They work to become part of each community that they serve. This is why a charitable partnership with the Lincoln Park Friendship Center was so important to them. Lincoln Park Friendship Center’s mission is to provide hope and dignity by supplying access to food and vital resources to those in need. They currently serve 1,200 food insecure neighbors a month.
This popular Chicago pizzeria is no stranger to charitable giving. Along with proceed nights, they also donate gift cards and raffle items to charitable organizations. Lou Malnati’s also offers multiple options for school and community fundraising. “It is really hard to pick just one specific organization,” said Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Meggie Linberg. “It is so exciting for us to be able to partner with any organization that is enthusiastic about raising money for a great cause!”
While we were there we just had to try the food. We started with the Malnati Salad, which was a huge family style portion of well-mixed greens, cheese, olives, and mushrooms topped with a dressing that we wont soon forget. I also tried the gluten free pizza, and I was pleasantly surprised. My personal pizza had a crispy flavorful crust and was topped with flavorful fresh ingredients. Others enjoyed the more traditional deep-dish pizza and were pleased as pie!
The décor and design of the Lincoln Square Lou Malnati’s is just as exhilarating as their menu. The color scheme and furnishings are reminiscent of a chic 50’s diner meets beachy surf shack. Burnt orange and tan stripes and tiles decorate much of the restaurant’s walls while beautifully stained wood covers the rest of it. Want to sit outside? No problem, the massive floor-to-ceiling windows open up to make part of the restaurant a patio of sorts. As if all of this isn’t cool enough, they have a living wall made up of live plants!
Don’t worry if you missed the Lou Malnati’s fundraiser this time around. With 41 locations that are extremely active in their community, there will be plenty of other events to come.