July 15, 2011
I celebrated my fourteenth birthday at Chuck-E-Cheese's.
This wasn't by choice.
I'm the oldest of seven and the indoor arcade was the only place where all of my younger siblings could be safely contained.
Needless to say, I was traumatized by the experience of being forced to wear a party hat as a surly teenager and have a large mouse sing "Happy Birthday" to me.
There is another reason why I haven't frequented Chuck-E-Cheese's as much as my kids would like: the pizza.
By design or default, Chuck-E-Cheese's pizza has never been one of its strengths. It is the company's hope that that is all about to change.
This afternoon, my kids and I tried out the restaurant's new pizza recipe on the house...and it's pretty dang good. I'd place it alongside its competitors in terms of quality and value.
This is good news if you are like me and spend every other Saturday at the Cheeser celebrating the birthday of one of your child's classmates. It is also good news for those of us who were scarred for life at Chuck-E-Cheese's as teenagers and are looking for a way to reclaim what was lost.
After today, I'm entertaining the idea of celebrating my next birthday at Chuck-E-Cheese's. On purpose.