Pacific Beach pizzeria offers $1 14-inch pies

Sandbox unites community with pizza amid COVID-19
Posted at 5:04 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 14:16:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego communities are known for their connections, especially local beach communities.

They are surrounded with endless, restaurants, coffee shops and bars, and are a true hub for industry workers, who are also in a fragile time right now.

Sandbox Pizza in Pacific Beach is an example of a restaurant stuck in limbo while helping prevent the spread of COVID-19. This past weekend, they held an event offering $1, 14-inch pizzas to all customers.

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"In a world where people often disagree, people can almost all that they like pizza," Marketing Manager for Sandbox, Thomas Yankle, said.

Offering dollar pizzas was a small tactic with a big message.

"It's trying times for everyone so we figured it was something fun and the least we could do to try and help everyone out, from families that are out of work, to industry employees, to our first responders," Yankle added.

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He said as a both a resident and worker in Pacific Beach, the affect of coronavirus closures hit even harder.

"It's sad to see how this has effected a community of so many bartenders, servers and security. It hits home a little more because its people you see everyday that you're friends with," Yankle said.

The dollar pizza party lasted two hours but created long-lasting memories that everyone needs at a time like this.

"It was nice to see everyone smiling and happy and I think that's something all of us can agree that we miss," says Yankle.