By SVERRE BAKKE
At All Sports Pizza, good food with friendly service is the name of the game.
All Sports Pizza, located on Steuben Street in Bingen between the Shell station and the Superette, opened on May 9. A grand opening, including a ribbon-cutting ceremoÿny, is set for June 1.
The owners of the new pizzeria are George and Kelly Hinderliter, and their son, George III. The family purchased the business from Mike Smith and Reg Bartkowski of Goldendale.
The two pizza entrepreneurs, who opened Angelo's Pizza in Bingen in 1999, also sold their like-named pizza parlors in Goldendale and Camas. They are now pursuing careers in law enforcement.
For some members of the Hinÿderliter family, the entry into the pizza business also represents a career move.
"Ive worked in restaurants before but this is my first pizza parlor," said Kelly, who co-owned a cleanÿing service, Queens of Clean, with Barbara Brady before the opportuÿnity to start All Sports Pizza came along.
"It gets kind of crazy at times. And sometimes you forget how long it takes to make a pizza," she
George III, however, is used to the hubbub of the pizza business. He was the first employee hired by the Bingen Angelo's and later worked at the Camas restaurant while attending college in Vancouÿver.
His father (and namesake) and younger brother, Jacob, also are learning to find their way around the kitchen and dining area of the pizzeria.
During the week, George comes in after putting in shifts on the Skyline Hospital ambulance crew. And on weekends, he and Jacob, a student at Glenwood High School, become full-time employees.
"It's just the four of us," noted Kelly. "This is very much a family business."
And, if all works out the way the Hinderliters plan, All Sports Pizza will be very much a family place for dining and relaxing.
"We want to be recognized as a place for families to come and spend the evening," Kelly said.
Among the improvements inÿtended for the pizza parlor is the addition of a big screen TV for sports programming viewing.
Already the pizzeria features an arcade room stocked with video and pinball games -- something the owners hope will be an attraction
for kids in the community.
"We want to create someplace for kids to hang out because the town doesn't have anything for kids anymore," Kelly said, adding, "If kids can come here and stay out of trouble, then we feel we've done our job."
The focus on family and kids, and the sports theme, also will be represented by the pizzeria's decor. The Hinderliters plan to adorn the brightly painted interior walls with photos of sports teams from White Salmon, Lyle, Klickitat, Glenwood and Trout Lake.
"We also plan to put up team pictures for Knowledge Bowl and Odyssey of the Mind, that sort of thing," said Kelly. "It won't be just sports. We want to recognize as many kids as we can."
All Sports Pizza (493-2177) is open seven days a week. Hours Monday-Thursday are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
The pizzeria offers a full menu of pizzas for sit-down dining, as well as take out and take-and-bake orÿders. Free delivery is available locally.
In addition, All Sports features a lunch and dinner buffet Monday-Friday, and ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes.