Charlie’s owner Charlie Hoffman has lent the little red oven that started it all to his son Dave Hoffman’s new restaurant near Central and Tyler.
“He kind of wanted a piece of Pratt here,” manager Adam Hoffman says of his great uncle.
Charlie Hoffman was helping his father run a gas station in Pratt in 1965 when he was approached by a food company to buy a $200 pizza oven. He says the company told him it would give him enough product to sell pizzas and make back his $200.
“So I said, ‘OK, bring the oven,’ ” he says.
Hoffman retired the oven only when he sent it to Wichita.
“I’ve used it all this time because it was such a handy oven,” he says. “Later, I couldn’t find them again when I bought more ovens.”