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December 6, 2012

Business owners making a (pizza) connection

Co-owners who met at pizza place start new business

When Jeffrey Wise started working at Domino’s Pizza on Park Street more than 20 years ago, he had no idea that he would eventually start a business with two of his then-coworkers.

Now, they are merging their specialties learned in life to run their own pizza place where they first came together.

“We met at this Domino’s Pizza that long ago,” Wise said, referring to the business’ old home at 38 Park St.

Wise first worked at Domino’s as an after-school job. He started off as a driver, then moved up to a management position. He eventually left and worked a number of different jobs.

Joseph O’Leary also started at Domino’s as a driver before eventually taking a job with Verizon. Meanwhile, Ryan O’Leary, not related, went from working at the pizza place to being an area supervisor for several Domino’s locations.

Then came the news that the Park Street-based Domino’s was moving to another nearby location.

“The owner of the building here, he told me that Domino’s was leaving. I’m like, ‘Oh my god, perfect opportunity,’” Wise said. “The timing was right. I contacted my two partners, and they put it together at that point.”

The three are a perfect combination for running a business, according to Wise.

“Ryan’s great at public relations. I’m great with the numbers. Joe’s great with our day-to-day operations,” he said. “No matter what, we complement each other. We all have our niche, you could say.”

Doing business under the corporate name Three Guys Pie Company, the pizza-making trio started Pizza Connection earlier this year, though Wise admits, “we’re a lot more than just pizza.”

“People like the fact that we have such a varied menu. A perfect example would be the fact that we have a pizza called the Big Mac Pizza,” Wise said. “We have items such as a sub called called ‘The Fried Heaven,’ which is actually mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and french fries.”

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