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Townline Offers Gourmet Pizza Taste
By Larry Desch
Green Bay Press Gazette
February 12, 2002
After buying the Townline Pizza
Pub & Grill about four years ago, Mark Kulju and Dave Luedke began
looking for a good pizza maker. "We just couldn't find the right
guy" Kulju said. Finally last May they found R.L. Johnson.
"It was kind of by luck,"
Kulju said. "We actually hired someone, but he didn't show up the
next day and a day later, R.L. walked in looking for a job."
Having worked for years at pizza places in Chicago, Johnson moved
to the Green Bay area about a year ago. He's now running the
kitchen as a partner with Kulju and Luedke. Luedke's brother, Jeff, runs
the bar end of the business. I love making pizzas, it's a fun,
fast-moving job," Johnson said. And the pizzas are moving fast, too:
"Our pizza business has really taken off, " he said. Kulju says
the people really like what's coming out of Johnson's pizza oven.
"You can't get a made-to-order, gourmet pizza like this anywhere else in
the Howard-Suamico area," he said. "Plus, we have free delivery."
"Everything's fresh," Johnson said. "Fresh vegetables, fresh meat, and
we make our own crust." "But the secret " he said "is in the
sauce. It's a recipe I've put together over the years."
While you can get a traditional pizzas, Johnson says his specialty
and gourmet creations are the most popular. A big seller is a
chicken fajita pizza topped with seasoned chicken, onions, green
peppers, mozzarella and Cheddar cheese and a spicy sauce. For
those who don't mind being a social outcast, there's a Lonely Guy pizza
that includes garlic, onions and sauerkraut. "You'll probably end
up standing in a corner by yourself," Luedke said. "You definitely need
breath mints after eating this one."
The menu, however, offers more than pizza. There's a variety
of sandwiches including a Black & Bleu Burger that's grilled with
blackening seasoning and topped with sauteed onions and bleu cheese
dressing. There's also a Black & Bleu chicken sandwich.
Perch, blue gill, baked or breaded haddock and shrimp plates are served
on Friday. There's also a long list of appetizers, but be careful
if you order the chili cheese fries - a meal in themselves. For
$4.25, you get a mountain of thick-cut French fries piled on a bed of
nachos and buried under a gooey sea of cheese and chili. Homemade
tortilla chips are a house specialty and if you like nachos, the Nacho
Grande is a super serving of chips layered with taco meat, cheddar
cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, sour cream, salsa and jalapeno
peppers. If you order the nachos, "you better be hungry;" Johnson