Via 313 Pizzeria
Brandon & Zane Hunt - Founder's Statement

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Born and Bred Scions of the Motor City

 "The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society in which upward mobility is possible for everyone." We, individually, are the driving force to make this dream a reality." 

We are born and bred scions of the Motor City. We have witnessed the generational rise, fall and resurgence of our hometown, Detroit, Michigan. Equally, we recognize the social, political and economic impact that organized labor has historically made on the working class, the community, and business - the good, the bad, and the ugly. We were raised through a blue collar mentality. Our father spent most of his working years in a steel factory. Unionization was common place for many among our family and neighbors. We know first hand the trials and triumphs associated with unions; the uncertainty of negotiations, the threat of work stoppages, the limitations, restrictions, qualifications, and obligations of union representation.

 

We appreciate how reformation of federal and state laws stimulated our economy coming out of the great depression. The enactment of new laws strengthened organized labor through their golden era and the prosperity of our great city, Detroit. With the establishment of employee/employer rights, we all continue to reap the rewards of fair competitive wages, employee benefits, work/life balance, safe work conditions, and opportunities to pursue the American Dream.

 

The American Dream - The realistic ideal to increase one's opportunity and upward mobility. The American Dream is the belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born or what class they were born into, can attain their own version of success in a society in which upward mobility is possible for everyone. We, as individuals, are the driving force to make this dream a reality. No one in our society, nor our businesses, is obstructed from this opportunity. The American Dream is achieved through sacrifice, risk-taking, and hard work, rather that chance. Equally, one must embrace patience. We did just that. We expected our years of sacrifice, learning new practices, gaining new skill sets, understanding processes, would eventually pay off as long as our determination was unwavering. In our own business, we expect it to take 30 minutes to produce a quality product and award-winning pizza. We cannot expect to expedite the need to make 30 quality pizzas in a single minute. Quality and success takes time.

Regardless of political views or economic/social backgrounds, we can all agree that the pursuit of the American Dream is real and achievable. It must be said, the distraction and interference of organized labor will not be the driving factor to reach our goals. However, we must understand that our individual success comes from determination, a deeply held conviction to our own ability, unwavering conviction, and a strong internal belief in ourselves. We feel certain, with enough time and hard work, we all are capable of building a successful company - and we are! We encourage and welcome you to join us for the ride!

- Brandon & Zane Hunt