Big Mannys’ Pizza is opening a new unit at Codona’s Amusement Park due to open later this week (June 23).
This is the third unit for the company and it sees them taking over the 120-cover cover restaurant that was formerly Lucky Pizzeria.
Big Mannys’ Pizza was launched by Phil, his brother Ashley and Calum Wright from The Adams Lounge on Holburn Street almost 20 months ago. Their NYC-style Pizzas have built up a huge following through local collaborations with fellow operators – a model now embraced within the local food scene.
Codona’s, an Aberdeen institution, will operate the new restaurant which will create 12 new jobs. Additionally, visitors will be able order pizzas at other points around the popular amusement park bringing the combined seating availability to 600.
Big Mannys’ Pizzas will also be part of the Codona’s ‘fully loaded’ amusement park wristband pass, and part of the deal for corporate events and friends & family functions.
John Codona, director at Codona’s, said, “It’s a great collaboration with a young, fresh brand and, as a family-run business, we share its core values. We believe this move will introduce Big Mannys’ Pizza to a wider family market, while the popularity of the pizzas in the young adult market sits nicely with our offering of golf, bowling and karting. It’s great to have Big Mannys’ Pizza as part of Codona’s.”
Alfred Codona, director at Codona’s, said, “We’ve seen the response from the Aberdeen public to Big Mannys’ Pizza and thought it would great to work with them. We’re sure it’s going to be a huge success – the pizzas are fantastic!”
Phil Adams, co-founder of Big Mannys’ Pizza, said, “This tops off a hugely successful launch period for our business. Collaborations with other north-east businesses have already formed a huge part of the Big Mannys’ Pizza story. Teaming up with a big name such as Codona’s takes us to the next level. It’s been great to see local businesses support each other. The whole BMP team are very excited.”
The partnership with the Codona’s will see Big Mannys’ Pizza using over two tonnes of flour each week to create their signature dough balls. Seasoning for its pizzas and chicken wings is provided by Angus & Oink, based at Dess, near Aboyne. The Tilly Butcher supplies the steak for one of its most popular pizzas – ‘The Tilly Cheesesteak’ and the team at Aberdeen’s Smoke & Soul supply smoked pulled pork for its ‘Gettin’ Piggy With It’ pizza.
Big Mannys’ Pizza’s cookies are made by Aberdeen’s Cookie Cult. The founders have also developed a beer called Smashable in partnership with Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer, with a colour, texture and flavour to partner their pizzas.
The Codona’s menu will include its own special funfair-themed pizza, which is currently being kept under wraps.