Culture

A Family Tradition

1957
Stillwater Roots

Hideaway Pizza’s casual dining concept was created by Richard “The Big Kahuna” Dermer and his wife, Marti, in 1957 near the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dermer built his company on the premise that happy employees equals happy guests, a winning formula that over the years has built a highly devoted fan base that continues to grow.

1960s-70s
DELIVERY BUG

Pizza was delivered on campus through the 1960s and 1970s via one of the largest fleets of Volkswagen Beetles in the U.S. Creatively painted by the employees, the VW bugs became an iconic symbol for the company along with vintage kites (Dermer was President of the American Kitefliers Association), collage art and the board game Pente.

1993
Cherry Street

In 1993, Dermer allowed a trio of trusted employees: Bob Busby, Brent McMurry and Gary Gabrel (Pente creator) to form a development company to expand the concept into new markets outside of Stillwater while the Dermer family retains ownership of the flagship location. The first Hideaway Pizza expansion restaurant opened in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Cherry Street District.

2006
A New Era

Hideaway Pizza had successfully grown its footprint to include six restaurants in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas when Darren Lister and Brett Murphy purchased the company in Feb. 2006. Under their leadership, the company has grown into one of America’s favorite pizza companies, employing approximately 1,000 in two states.  

Today
Hello Arkansas!

The newest restaurant location (#17) opened on Oct. 10, 2016 at 5103 Warden Rd. in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The first Hideaway Pizza to open outside of Oklahoma! Hideaway Pizza plans to open its next restaurant in 2017 in Conway, Arkansas. 

Voted BEST PIZZA by...

  • Urban Tulsa 1994 – 2013

  • Tulsa People 1995 – 2015

  • The Oklahoman 1997 – 2016

  • Oklahoma Gazette 1998 – 2014, 2016

  • Edmond Sun 2009 – 2016

  • Oklahoma Magazine 1994 – 2016

  • Norman Transcript 2003 – 2016

  • Edmond Life & Leisure 2009 – 2016

  • Tulsa Kids 2008 – 2015

  • Broken Arrow Ledger 2013

  • Owasso Reporter 2015-2016

  • Tulsa World - Best in the World 2015-2016

  • Metro Family Magazine 2016

  • 405 Magazine 2016

  • Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise 2016