The flatbread pizza at Manchester pub Bend in the Road — a dozen or so varieties available every day, made with all fresh ingredients — has built a loyal following since Gina and Jeff took over the bar a couple years ago.
The duo wanted to honor Bend’s legacy as a neighborhood bar, which has operated since the 70s, but infuse flavors inspired by their travels across the US. Gina hails from Montgomery and got her start making pizzas at the local gas station where she worked during college, but jobs took her across the U.S., from Colorado to Portland.
“When I came back I made this joke,” Gina said. “I would not be serving my community if I didn’t come back and serve pizzas.”
Gina and Jeff added a full kitchen to Bend in the Road so they could offer food with the quality to match the level the musicians that play at the bar at least twice a week. Situated on the crossroads of highway 35 and 90, Bend in the Road sits at the perfect junction for musicians traveling just about any which was, and Gina has put effort into building relationships with those in the music industry to get national acts on the pub’s stage.
“It was truly an honor to be nominated,” said Gina. “And to win? “It made my year.”
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By Isabelle Wattenberg