Originally posted by Willly
The honest answer is that many of these places accept food stamp debit cards. As long as the pizza is not cooked, it can be purchased with a benefits card. I was in the pizza business for a while and we saw a hit from the take and bakes, but we did not want to get involved in that end of the business.
Very few people can reproduce a restaurant pie at home. Baking a pie with a part-cooked crust and raw toppings will give you bread with sauce and melted cheese, not a pizza
Hmm, I hadn't thought of the food stamp angle. But it makes sense.
When I lived in Bainbridge, GA, in what have been the late '80s or early '90s thee was a place like this that set up in a storefront--it was previously a veterinarian's office and I always hoped they did a good job cleaning the place up before they moved in. I don't recall it being anything great, but there was a better take and bake place in a little strip mall down the road in Tallahassee, FL that was actually very good. However the last time we went there to order a pizza, they without explanation baked it right here to our surprise. They went belly up shortly thereafter.
But, except for the food stamp angle the concept didn't make much sense--why not just take home a finished product?