Saturday, November 26, 2022

Former Teacher Gets a New Slice of Life

Something’s cooking at Parker Square in Flower Mound.  It’s not just Bill Turner’s original pizza pies, but the taste of Americana is once again readily available to unfold before the residents of the Town of Flower Mound and beyond, like freshly prepared dough unfolded and awaiting an infinite number of toppings.  And dough is what Mr. Turner hopes to see from the adventurous move of leaving behind a thirty-year career as a schoolteacher to take the gutsy risk of living out one of his lifelong dreams.

When asked why he did it, the former A.P. U.S. History LEAP instructor from Flower Mound High School quickly replied, “It’s simple really.  I’ve spent my life teaching and coaching young people, and have always loved that role.  The concept of owning my own business was always in the back of my mind, but I never felt like I was at a place in life where I could take the risk until now.

“Now empty nesters, Bill and his wife Terry, who is a nurse practitioner at the Medical Center of Lewisville, both admit that opening the restaurant has been a whirlwind of activity as they anticipate the big adventure and hope to add even more excitement to Parker Square.  “We wanted this to be a place for families to enjoy each other’s company in a time where sitting down to dinner together is the exception, not the rule.  We also believe we will meet the need for the business community to have a quick place to grab a great lunch and meet with colleagues.”

The American history-themed restaurant is decorated with artifacts from Mr. Turner’s classroom décor that he has collected through the years.  It will offer free Wi-Fi and an afternoon happy hour for half-priced coffee and desserts.  “This will be an excellent location to hold a one-on-one meeting in a casual setting,” said Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Membership Services Director Kathy Beahm, “We are so happy to have Turner’s Pizza as a new Chamber member, as well as our neighbor in Parker Square.”  Turner’s Pizza is also a member of the Dallas Greater Restaurant Association.

Greg Higgins, formerly with Peter Piper Pizza of Highland Village, will be the General Manager of the restaurant.  “I met Bill shortly after Peter Piper Pizza closed all Dallas locations in November of 2009, resulting in the loss of my job.  The appeal of working at Turner’s Pizza is the creativity that Bill has given me to finalize his original recipes and the opportunity to continue to serve the local community that I’ve come to know over the years.”  Higgins brings a familiar staff of talent to Turner’s Pizza, hiring 9 former Peter Piper Pizza employees.  And he isn’t the only one who’s bringing folks with him on the journey.

J.C. Fischer, Sam Gazzola, and Kyle Buttner will be part of the opening crew–all former students of Mr. Turner’s A.P. U.S. History class.  “We conceptualized the restaurant as a place for students to hang out together on Friday or Saturday nights after the big game or just anytime, and I hired some of my best students to be a part of it all,” said Mr. Turner.

The restaurant also offers a variety of menu choices, such as salads and sandwiches, along with eclectic TV viewing from Charlie Chaplin to Bugs Bunny.  Mr. Turner would like to invite all residents and former students to stop by and say hello as he turns the next page in his own history book.


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