AT YOUR SERVICE: Pizza Capers franchisee Katherine McNamara in one of the two stores she operates in Ipswich with her husband Jason.
AT YOUR SERVICE: Pizza Capers franchisee Katherine McNamara in one of the two stores she operates in Ipswich with her husband Jason. Contributed

Pizza Capers tops off the fast food dining experience

IN 1996 PIZZA got to be a whole lot more interesting and flavoursome with the introduction of Pizza Capers.

The brand came to Ipswich in 2006 with husband and wife duo Katherine and Jason McNamara and today the business continues to flourish in two popular Ipswich locations.

"We opened the Yamanto store in November of 2006 and then in August of 2008 we opened our North Ipswich store," franchisee Katherine said, adding Jason had been involved with the company from its inception.

"He has been with them from day one working on branding, in fact across the creative work for the whole company. We both felt it was a strong business and offered something different to the market."

That "something different" is the restaurant quality food that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

The company was established in a time when takeaway food was growing rapidly. Pizza Capers went about offering the quality as well as wholesome ingredients, essentially the change to a gourmet pizza and a range of other products.

According to the company, Pizza Capers continues to grow steadily expanding across Queensland and into New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania along with international expansion into Singapore. Last year, with almost 120 franchise outlets and solid growth plans in place, Pizza Capers became part of the Retail Food Group franchise family.

"We launched our new menu on May 1. We have 15 new pizzas along with salads and new sides. We have our large traditional range of pizzas that cater to the budget conscious with five pizzas in this range," Katherine said.

In addition to the pizzas there is a range of pasta including lasagne, bolognaise and several more delicious ideas. They also have some very tempting desserts.

"The pizza toppings are all gluten free and we have the gluten-free bases. The lasagne is also gluten-free as is some of the new ice cream range," she said.

Pizza Capers is about using high quality ingredients and customer service. Ms McNamara said they pride themselves on the amount of training they carry out with their staff.

"Catering is a strong part of our business and we can offer value, service and a great product. We look after some big name clients and all are impressed with what we offer," she said.

Pizza Capers at Yamanto and North Ipswich are in prime locations and both offer takeaway and dine in. They also have delivery to some Ipswich suburbs and you are encouraged to inquire when you place an order.

"It is 100% locally owned and we are big in community support. We sponsor little athletics and help out with fundraising activities. We want to support our community who support us so well," she said.

Katherine has a strong business background and worked for the Commonwealth Bank for a number of years.

She has been involved directly with the business since 2009 allowing Jason, who still has limited involvement day to day with the business, to explore and develop his other business interests.

"I am enjoying running our own business. We are both passionate about the business and are on board with all that is happening in the overall company," she said.

Katherine says the business is built on passion.

Testament to her wonderful work is the fact that she was recipient of the Suncorp Bank Customer Service Award in the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce business awards last year, which is nominated by customers.

"I was thrilled to receive this award as a recognition of what we have all achieved, "she said.

Pizza Capers is at 384 Warwick Rd, Yamanto, across from Blue Ribbon Motors, phone 3288 6033 and 14 Pine St, North Ipswich, phone 3281 0777.

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