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Here’s when Buddy’s Pizza is aiming to open its Canton location

 Here’s when Buddy’s Pizza is aiming to open its Canton location

Buddy’s has been a pizza mainstay in metro Detroit since 1946.

The grand opening date of Canton’s Buddy’s Pizza (42911 Ford Road) is still hazy — set in dough more so than cement — representatives of the company have confirmed.

But the best-case scenario appears to be late-June, a store manager revealed to SocialHouseNews.com.

Canton’s first Buddy’s — the restaurant has been a Detroit-area staple since 1946 and is headquartered in Farmington Hills — will be located at the site most-recently occupied by Genova Brick Oven Pizzeria, which closed in 2022 due in part to an inability to secure adequate staff.

The Canton Buddy’s will be a take-out/delivery-only store.

Genova earned rave reviews from customers and thrived prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once its official closing was announced, fans shared widespread disappointment on Canton social-media platforms.

Ford Road site furthers growth

Buddy’s currently has 16 locations — 13 in southeast Michigan, with single stores in Grand Rapids, Portage and Okemos.

Buddy's Pizza is set to open at 42911 Ford Road in Canton this summer.
Buddys Pizza is set to open at 42911 Ford Road in Canton this summer

Until the Canton site opens this summer, the closest locations for Canton residents are in Plymouth Township, Livonia and Farmington Hills.

Buddy’s is famous for inventing Detroit-style pizza — distinctive because of its square shape and crunchy, cheesy corner slices.

“Influenced by square Sicilian-style pizza, Detroit-style Pizza consistently impresses pizza lovers due to its unique layering structure and stunning presentation,” Buddy’s website explained.

Interesting history

Buddy’s’ Detroit-style pizza legacy began at Buddy’s Rendezvous Pizzeria on Six Mile and Conant street on Detroit’s eastside when in 1946 Gus Guerra and team made their first square-shaped pizza, the website added.

“Baked in forged-steel pans borrowed from local automotive plants, they were able to produce a very light and crispy crust which is now known as Detroit-style pizza,” the site says. “This was the first known square pizza in the U.S.”

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