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    Black Market Pizza

    If you've wanted to try it and haven't yet, I'd say you better be ordering this week.

    The Black Market Pizza Blog – Warm and Fresh



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Sounds like they expanded waaaay too fast. I never heard a bad thing about it, and getting on Man v. Food is a pretty big f'ing deal. I'm definitely surprised.


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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Sucks. Was hoping to try it my next time in Ames visiting my brother-in-law. We're always going to the same places and i remember someone posting on here about it being one of the better pizzas in Ames. Bummer.



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    I've heard it's really good, but really expensive, and that's why I've never tried it



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    The post before that was talking about how they were doing so well and opening an Ankeny location, obviously no so much the case. I never got around to trying it, heard ok things about it though.



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Hmmm...the May 1st blog entry is about how they've had a good year. I'm guessing the Ankeny expansion killed it.

    I really like their blog keeping customers up-to-date with what's going on...too bad more places don't do that.



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    I'd have to imagine that the Ankeny expansion wasn't cheap. If the food was really expensive, it probably would have been better off to open in DSM than Ames in the first place. College kids simply aren't going to buy a $20 pizza.


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    That sucks that they aren't even going to make it to the Man V Food episode, but to be honest, I'm not sure how they even got selected to be on it in the first place. There are plenty of established eateries in the metro that have just as good if not better food.


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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    They were way too expensive. The pizza was good but not a practical cost



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    Their lunch special was very affordable. Basically the same deal as Jeff's, and I think it might have actually been a tad cheaper with the student discount.

    Kind of sad about it. Good pizza, and the owners were always very nice to us.



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    They were way too expensive. The pizza was good but not a practical cost
    Ditto. Tried it once...good pizza, very slow service, way high prices. Not a good combination for a successful business plan.



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post
    That sucks that they aren't even going to make it to the Man V Food episode, but to be honest, I'm not sure how they even got selected to be on it in the first place. There are plenty of established eateries in the metro that have just as good if not better food.

    Black Market Pizza - Ames Iowa

    It looks like they parlayed this story on CNN into Man vs Food noteriety. The pizzas look like $13-23, which may be too high for Ames. It would do fine in other towns. They definitely had some innovative ideas as seen from their menu. Most pizza places are boring on the choices. Deep dish says 45 minutes to serve.


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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    The pizza biz is a volume play...not very big margins on pizza's. Thats why the big boys can stay alive and the little guys cant.



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I'd have to imagine that the Ankeny expansion wasn't cheap. If the food was really expensive, it probably would have been better off to open in DSM than Ames in the first place. College kids simply aren't going to buy a $20 pizza.
    Exactly. Plus, Ames has a ton of competition in the pizza market, with some really good pizza for reasonable prices. If youre going to do expensive pizza you probably want to go where the money is that'll buy expensive pizza.



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    Re: Black Market Pizza

    Unfortunate--especially that they can't hold out until the Man v Food episode--but not all that surprising. They had a good story but I wasn't that impressed with the pizza. I'd take Great Plains over Black Market any day. And if you specifically want Chicago style deep dish, Wig & Pen in Ankeny is way better.



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