Many Vandalia area residents may have noticed that lights are on and the doors are now open to the new business “Red Line Pizza,” located on Highway 54 in town.
On August 1, owner Matthew Roed and minority owners Travis Dixon and Dale Buchanan have opened the doors to the public and have a staff working hard to provide quality food at an affordable price.
Currently, they are open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Dixon said the vision for the business came from their perception on a lack of different restaurant options in the area.
“We had lost our pizza place and it was a long ways for people to go for pizza,” Dixon said. “We’re a blue collar town. We want to support our workers with an affordable option to go get pizza. That’s why we’re open late, to take the pressure off of mom and dad.”
The name “Red Line” was derived from Roed’s and Dixon’s love for drag racing as their racing banners of the same name can be seen on display in Laddonia.
Buchanan is leading the way in the kitchen as a Navy veteran who has worked in the food industry for 25 years.
Dixon said that the focal point isn’t on making a lot of profit, but instead it is on having something that gives consumers a good quality and a bargain.
The pizza is cooked in a stone oven purchased on the East Coast made from handmade dough. Thin and hand tossed pizza is available.
“We went through lots of different products to find stuff that will suit us,” Dixon noted. “We try to go out and get good, quality ingredients.”
The menu includes thunder thighs and wings while offering a wide range of mild and wild sauces.
There are also pizza bombs, which are like mini-calzones filled with a fist of sausage and pepperoni. Inside the location is seating for approximately 30 diners.
Red Line Pizza offers dine-in, carry-out, and delivery. Orders can be placed by calling 573-939-9000.