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Restaurant Road Trip: Papa Bears

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WHITE HALL -

On this week's Restaurant Road Trip, we're going to take you to a place that's serving up hand-tossed New York style pizza.

David Mafield and J.R. Carter opened up Papa Bears in November.

The men have combined their love of food and cooking to serve up huge portioned dishes for their customers to enjoy.

"Basically, the thing about Dave and I is, we both like to eat. We know when we go into a place, we want to be treated the way a customer should be treated. So, that's how we treat our customers," Carter said.

Mafield said he named the restaurant after his nickname; ‘Papa Bear'.

"I care about people so I pretty much care about what they want, food wise. If they ask for something special I'll do it for them," he said.

Papa Bears did just that for customer Jeff Slater, who brought in his own dynamite wing sauce that he wanted tossed with his wings.

"To find a restaurant that will do that to help satisfy their customers, that's a heck of a restaurant. They are actually customer oriented," he said.

While the wings and sandwiches are some of the restaurant's specialties, the true bragging rights go to the pizzas.

Four-year-old Claire Efaw said the pizza and salad is her favorite. "I like it. It comes with ranch!" she said.

Mafield said the secret to their pizzas is in the dough.

"Pizzas are a dime a dozen around this area. Everybody has them. But, ours are hand tossed New York style. They are made fresh every day, the dough is. We don't run it through a machine. We hand toss it, stretch it, and it gives the dough a different flavor," he said.

The owners will make sure you don't leave hungry. The 'small' sized pizza is a whopping 14 inches.

If it's not on the menu, they'll make it. If you're unhappy with something, they'll remake it.

"We want to be known for our product, our taste quality of food. We want to be known for having good food the way our customers want to see it," Carter said.

Papa Bears also offers a 20 percent discount for law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS, military families, and senior citizens.

It's open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It's located on Route 73 across from the White Hall Community Center.

The phone number is 304-816-3555