Everyday Icon: Durkin

Everyday icons are those around us that don’t abide by style, but “create it.”

For months I had heard about Durkin’s Pizza from Matt, my co-hort.  I tried it and have raved about it to anyone I could since.  The pizza at Durkin’s is good.  It’s better than good.  It’s really, really good.

It’s not the crust (though its chewy and buttery and cooked to perfection).  It’s not the cheese (though it’s creamy and salty and tastes fresh).  Durkin’s Pizza is ridiculously good because of one reason:  Durkin.

Durkin’s Pizza is a throwback to the pizzeria I remember as a child and romanticize to visit again today.  The kind that wasn’t about gourmet pie’s with fresh basil… those are good but not welcoming, and often times pricey.  There’s also the frozen, every-corner delivery special that we’ve all been wallet-whipped (discounts and coupons) into thinking is legit pizza pie.

In an era where restaurants are investments, cookie-cutter and ran by the machine, it’s refreshing to meet a real guy with a real passion of doing his job, and living his life, really to the fullest.

Recently, Fine Times sat down with Durkin to chat about a few things, like music, soccer and how to make killer pizza.

FT:  How did you get here? Give me your story of how Durkin’s Pizza opened its doors over a year ago.

Durkin: I worked my ass off for about a dozen years learning the restaurant biz from some of the best, then convinced some great investors to help me return The Pizzeria. No ball pit, no specialty pies, no gimmicks or funky names to memorize, just good, affordable pizza in a comfortable atmosphere.

FT:  Your restaurant, website, storefront, etc. all reference Rock & Roll. Why do you think Rock & Roll goes so well with great pizza?

Durkin: I have no idea but, fingers crossed, some of the research being done at the LHC will help us figure this out.

The man's shoes.

FT:  On your site you mention “spirited rock & roll debates” – who’s your all-time musical inspiration? And what’s the best live show you’ve seen?

Durkin: I could never pin down one musical inspiration, but having said that, there is a reason Chuck Berry’s poster is bigger than all the others. The best live show is yet to come. I’m still holding out hope for a Streisand/Manilow double bill. Or maybe I’ll get to see The Eagles in a giant, corporate-sponsored arena or at a $10,000/plate political fundraiser. Again, fingers crossed. Otherwise, I just want to see The Stooges. Oh, and The Beatles.

FT:  What’s your favorite wardrobe item?

Durkin: Currently it is my black Nike SFBs. A boot designed for the Special Forces, that I wear at my sissy job as a pizzeria owner.

FT:  Who inspires you?

Durkin: My girl, and the kids who come to Durkin’s.

Joining us for our stop at Durkin’s Pizza was Matt D from 818images.com.  Lucky for us he brought his camera and snapped some visuals.

Some of the images can be seen below.  For others visit Fine Times flickr.

(And be sure to visit 818images.com and frequent Matt D’s blog.)

Window.

The larger poster: Chuck Berry.

Conversation.

The go-to.

Calculator Watch

Costello.

Everyday Icon.

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  1. June 9th, 2010

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