The new owner of MD Pizza Factory has a long history in the pizzeria

MD Pizza Factory recently changed hands, but most customers will only notice the difference with a restaurant facelift and a few pizza specialties added.

Longtime customers might also recognize the new owner, who started working at the pizzeria when he was 14 years old. MD Pizza Factory, 4706 N Midkiff Road, bakes fresh Sicilian pizza daily – from handmade dough to sauce made with wine in classic hot stone ovens.

DruMarcus Austin, 25, bought MD Pizza Factory in August last year. He started working at the pizzeria in 2011. At the time, he was working at MD Pizza Factory while working two other jobs. Austin went to Midland College and the University of Texas Permian Basin, where he earned degrees in business and engineering.

“I worked here for seven years and the previous owner always told me she wanted to sell it,” he said. “I was like OK, but she said she would like to sell it to me.”

Former owners Diana Ching Wang and Matt Tseng had always talked about selling and moving to Dallas.

“I worked in the oil field but I spoke with Diana every day,” he said. “She was like a mother figure to me. She was always strict with me and had high expectations.

Austin made sure not to really change anything other than updating the decor and adding a few more options to the menu. He also began bottling the pizzeria’s legendary ranch sauce.

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The restaurant serves a variety of pizzas including taco pizza, Honolulu Hawaii pizza, El Jefe pizza, and Focaccia pizza. MD Pizza Factory also makes pizzas, breadsticks, cinnamon sticks, cheese breadsticks, green chili sticks, stromboli, calzones and fresh salads. The salad bar will be removed during the renovation. The remodel will also add more seating. He kept the special free breadsticks when two 16-inch pizzas are purchased.

“It’s all done from scratch and it’s a lot of work,” Austin said. “We buy everything local and chop it up for the pizzas. My favorite pizza is Gwena’s Chicken Pesto, which includes pesto sauce, chicken, ham, Canadian bacon, onions, green peppers and fresh tomatoes.

Austin added Peggy’s Garden pizza, which includes chicken, fresh spinach, fresh mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, crushed garlic, parsley, and alfredo sauce. The pizza is named after Kristian’s grandmother, who died just before she acquired the restaurant.

“We wanted to work to make this restaurant ours and adding Peggy’s Garden to the menu felt like a beautiful memorial,” he said.

He said he has enjoyed getting to know customers more lately.

“It’s cool to see the clients now because they’ve kind of seen me grow,” he said. “Now they come back and recognize that I am back, but I can tell them that I am now the owner.”

Austin has reopened the restaurant for lunch service. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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