3581 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051
We will set your party up in it's own section with room enough for parties large or small.
(and it isn't boring)
What is there to say about the history of Pizza and Pipes? To start from the beginning...
In October 1962, the Soviet Union began placing nuclear missiles in Cuba. The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was the closest the two countries came to starting a war.
Also in October 1962, Bill Breuer signed a lease in Santa Clara and started placing pizzas in a hot oven. The confrontation between customers' taste buds and delicious handmade pizza became known as The Capn's Galley Pizza and Pipes. It was the farthest thing from war.
Bill gave the store a nautical theme and installed a 1920's era Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ so patrons would have music while they dined. Bill operated his restaurant through the space race of the 60's and the flower power of the 70's. Along the way he opened similar restaurants in Campbell, Redwood City, Daly City, Fresno, Sacramento, Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue.
Bob Paterson bought the four Bay Area stores from Bill in November 1979. He remodeled the Santa Clara restaurant to reflect his passion for sports car racing and the "Capn's Galley" was dropped. Pizza & Pipes flourished throughout the 80's by fighting off competition from upstarts Dominos, Chuck E Cheese (The Big Rat) and Little Caesar's, with the $3.99 and $4.99 Pizza of the Month. Buying in quantity and working like dogs, we managed to crank out record numbers of delicious handmade pizzas, which fed thousands of families throughout economic hard times.
The Campbell restaurant closed in 1981 when its lease expired and couldn't be re-negotiated at an affordable rate. In 1984 the pipe organ in Santa Clara was sold and replaced with a Yamaha FX 20. Bill Langford played the organ until he retired in 1996. The organ was replaced by live Jazz music for two years, then finally live entertainment was stopped.
Daly City Pizza and Pipes closed in 1991 when its lease expired. The building was bulldozed and a Good Guys store stands in its place. Bob opened a new Pizza and Pipes in San Jose on the corner of Jackson and McKee. It served primarily as a takeout restaurant until it closed in 1993. Randy Blair purchased the Santa Clara and Redwood City restaurants in December 1999. He was the first manager hired by Bob Paterson, way back in January 1980. In December 2001 Randy sold his Redwood City restaurant and organ to spend more time with his family. He now operates the last remaining Pizza and Pipes restaurant. Today Santa Clara seats 100 and features a giant 61 inch TV, kids' play land, changing table, aquarium, video game room (in the old organ chamber), a foosball table, and lots of sports memorabilia.