Meet Ron & Jenny Lechner and Travis & Kaylee Lechner
When the restaurant formerly known as the Kitimat Pizza Factory came up for sale, it got Ron and Jenny Lechner and their son Travis thinking. Travis had experience working in a pizza restaurant, and he and his parents thought that this could be a great opportunity for the family. They bought it and took over in 2002. At the time, the restaurant, which was located in Mountainview Square, was strictly pick-up/take-out, but the Lechners thought it could thrive if expanded. So they moved it in 2005 to a new location, a vacant restaurant in City Center Mall. The expansion proved to be such a success that in 2012 they had to make another move to a bigger location next door, where they are now able to seat 50 patrons in a licensed casual dining setting. Due to the new décor and expanded menu, they changed to the new name keeping “PF" (Pizza Factory) as a nod to its pizza joint roots.
PF Pizzeria is a true family business. Travis ran it for several years, and now Jenny has taken over management. Various other family members have worked there throughout the years as well. Those employees who aren’t related by blood feel like they are, as the Lechners always strive to treat their staff like extended family. In fact, the Lechners have had close to 200 employees since they took over the business, and Ron & Jenny remember everyone. Many were students who were getting their very first experience in the workforce. Many still keep in touch with the Lechners, something the Lechners find humbling and rewarding.
Ron and Jenny were born and raised in Kitimat, and they raised all three of their children, including Travis, here. Most of the family still resides in Kitimat, including Ron and Jenny’s grandchildren, whom they love spending time with whenever they have the chance.
Relaxing. Family-Oriented. Homestyle.
PF Pizzeria and Bistro started out as Kitimat Pizza Factory, one of the town’s first pizza delivery restaurants, and has been tossing dough for more than a decade. In fact, since 2002 it has served more than 260,000 fresh-baked, hand-made pizzas. PF Pizzeria’s dough is made fresh from scratch every day in order to provide guests with peak flavour. With several traditional and artisan pizzas to choose from, plus a variety of creative appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and comfort foods, PF Pizzeria and Bistro has become one of Kitimat’s favourite casual family dining destinations. PF Pizzeria and Bistro is a family owned and operated business. It is a licensed establishment and still offers old-fashioned delivery service. It is also available for event catering.
PF Pizzeria and Bistro is a member of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce and the City Center Mall Merchants.
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