Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: With Just One Brother, Gallagher Bros. Pizza Proliferates in Local Groceries

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis: With Just One Brother, Gallagher Bros. Pizza Proliferates in Local Groceries

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PIE SLICE * The name may be a bit Celtic to be connected to pizza, but local supermarket chains seem to accept the culture clash of selling "Gallagher Bros. Frozen Pizzas."

Shaun Gallagher reports that his locally made pies will hit the shelves on Wednesday at five area Schnucks stores in south St. Louis city and county.

"We've been in the Dierbergs stores in Fenton and South County for about two weeks, and we've been in Straub's stores for about a year," Gallagher said.

Then he laughed when asked for the names of his other brothers (he has four) involved in the business.

"I'm the only one; just me," he said. "Some years ago, all the boys joked that if one of us starts a company, we'd call it Gallagher Bros. That way, it looks like we're all into a lot of things."

His parents, John and Susan Gallagher, opened Gallagher's in Waterloo about 12 years ago, and it has become known for its fried chicken.

But Shaun Gallagher, 37, has spent most of his time in the pizza business, starting work with Imo's when he was still in high school (SLUH, class of '97).

His first foray into making his own product came several years ago, "almost as a hobby," when his brother Cory Gallagher (owner of DB's near Soulard) owned a bar in South County.

"I made him some pizzas, and people loved them," he said.

Shortly after he officially started his business in 2015, the pizzas became available at other Soulard bars. After the bars, he got placed in several small grocery stores: Herrell's in Imperial, Vincent's in Soulard, and Fields Foods in Peabody Darst Webbe.

The line has 18 varieties, but the best-seller is one with sausage, pepperoni and banana pepper, named the "Suzie Q" after his mother. "It's an unusual combination for sure, but people obviously like it."

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According to a report in the Chronicle for Philanthropy, the arts maven and widow of former Post-Dispatch editor/publisher Joseph Pulitzer Jr. …

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