2019 JAN FEB DOWN COUNTRY ROADS MAGAZINE DCR Jan.Feb.2019 web - Page 20

This tipi once sat on the banks of Grace Coolidge Creek near the spot that is now the family picnic and campground. “He­actually­put­up­a­sign­that­said­‘Pizza,’”­Jim­laughs. The­phone­company­put­up­the­building­near­the­junction of­highways­36­and­79­just­south­of­Hermosa­with­half­the structure­housing­phone­equipment­and­the­other­half­being­the pizza­restaurant.­ Although­Brian’s­older­brother,­Boe,­who­lives­in­Dallas, Texas,­is­not­involved­in­the­pizza­place,­the­family­decided­to go­with­the­name­“Lintz­Bros.”­to­keep­up­a­long-standing­fam- ily­tradition.­ “There­have­always­been­three­brothers­in­the­Lintz­family until­this­generation­and­we­just­had­two­boys,”­Jim­says.­“We failed.­We­should­have­had­three­sons.” “I­wouldn’t­have­survived,”­jokes­Brian.­ The­pizza­recipe­includes­both­the­crust­and­the­sauce,­which Brian­ says­ is­ close­ to­ the­ original­ recipe,­ but­ has­ been “tweaked”­a­little­bit.­When­asked­what­makes­Lintz­Bros. pizza­unique,­he­smiles,­“It’s­made­with­love.” One­of­the­other­unique­features­of­the­restaurant­is­the­cre- ative­combination­of­ingredients­on­their­signature­pizzas­with equally­creative­names­to­go­with­them.­ “When­we­first­opened­it­was­a­‘create­your­own’­kind­of thing,”­said­Brian.­Customers­could­get­whatever­toppings­they wanted­on­their­pizza.­Then­about­three­years­after­the­restau- rant­opened,­the­crew­from­the­phone­company­came­in­one day­for­lunch.­ When­asked­what­they­wanted,­the­men­replied,­“We­don’t care­what.­Just­bring­us­pizza.” Brian­shot­back­a­warning,­“I’ve­been­tinkering,”­but­the phone­company­guys­were­undeterred.­­ Minutes­later­Brian­brought­out­a­steaming­hot­pizza­piled with­ Canadian­ bacon,­ sausage,­ sauerkraut,­ pineapple­ and 20 DOWN COUNTRY ROADS jalapeno­peppers. “This­is­amazing!”­exclaimed­the­workers.­“What­are­you going­to­call­it?”­ “I­said,­‘I­haven’t­thought­of­a­name,’”­recalls­Brian.­ The­workers­shot­back,­“You’ve­gotta­have­a­name­so­you can­put­this­on­your­menu!”­ And­with­that,­the­flagship­of­Lintz­Bros.’­unique­pizza­fleet was­named­“The­Flaming­German­Samoan.” Since­that­first­creatively-formulated­and­-named­pie­was served,­eight­or­nine­specialty­pizzas­have­been­added­to­the menu.­ Pearl­ Harbor­ Day­ several­ years­ ago­ brought­ unexpected calamity­to­Lintz­Bros.­when­on­Dec.­7,­2015,­the­restaurant burned­to­the­ground.­The­fire­was­caused­by­an­electrical­issue on­the­phone­company­side­of­the­building.­ But­with­the­help­and­cooperation­of­the­phone­company, the­restaurant­opened­in­a­new­and­larger­building­at­the­same location­on­June­7,­2016,­seven­months­to­the­day­after­the­dis- aster.­ Over­the­years,­Jim­says­Lintz­Bros.­“has­become­sort­of­a destination­restaurant,”­with­regular­customers­coming­from as­far­away­as­the­prairie­east­of­Wall­and­Chadron,­Neb.­Em- ployees­at­local­attractions­like­Mt.­Rushmore,­Crazy­Horse Memorial­and­Custer­State­Park­regularly­direct­visitors­to­the restaurant.­ Brian’s­kids­help­out­in­the­spacious­dining­room.­Daughter, Rylee,­11,­greets­customers­and­busses­tables­and­7-year-old Jack­has­adopted­his­own­special­job­title.­ “Jack’s­not­bashful,”­says­Grandpa­Jim.­He­will­sniff­and say­to­customers­“I’m­head­of­security.”­ The­pizza­place­has­even­attracted­the­attention­of­nation-