By Haley George
Springfield’s Pizza House is a long time running Chicago style pizza restaurant that is on Commercial Street.
The Pizza House was started in 1958. They have had to move location once, but they are still running. They still keep the diner look and the same restaurant theme as before. They just have a new building and some new customers.
Tucker Schneider, a worker at the restaurant, has been a part of its history.
“We opened our doors in 1958 at Bennet and Glenstone,” says Tucker. “It was owned by Dorothy Smith and operated from that location until 2008 when a local business man bought the building, and the restaurant was forced to move. They moved to Commercial Street where Stacey Schneider took ownership. On Oct. 31, 2008, we celebrated 50 years of operation [in Springfield] and we are still there today.”
Their new location on Commercial Street is literally to die for. Tucker says people actually have died there.
“In the ’60s or ’70s before we bought the building, there was a shooting out front and somebody died,” says Tucker. “The restaurant was also a mortuary at some time before us.”
Tucker says there are ghosts that haunt the restaurant at night.
“I have had experiences with ghosts a couple times around the restaurant when it’s closed,” Tucker says. “They move things around sometimes, like rags and small dishes in the back.”
Tucker’s experiences once got a lot more physical too.
“I was doing prep work, and it felt like someone put their hand on my back,” Tucker says. “I stepped forward and turned around to see who it was, and no one was there.”
So, after 50 years, what’s next for this Springfield institution?
“We plan to keep the business growing for more years to come,” says Tucker. “We will just see what the future holds for us.”