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Elisabeth graduated from Johnson & Wales University - North Miami with degrees in Culinary Arts and Food & Beverage Management. She then worked with a popular Baton Rouge restaurant group for about 5 years, helping to create their catering division. Elisabeth has been a pastry chef, general manager, executive chef, and has provided business consulting with a focus on menu development and staff training. She excels at getting numbers where they need to be. Elisabeth has opened several successful restaurants and won multiple medals for her pastry accomplishments, and her background in pastry led to creating the Town Square Pizza menu. In her free time,
Elisabeth enjoys pottery, gardening, cooking for the homeless, traveling, and volunteering at the family shelter. She is excited to be serving delicious pizza and having fun with all that downtown Baton Rouge offers!
Town Square Pizza, initially conceptualized by partner Dana Brown, has been several years in the making. Dana is a part of the fast-paced life of the courthouse, and he noticed a hole in the downtown lunch landscape. There are many great restaurants downtown, but they don’t always work for those with limited time to grab a quick-but-delicious bite to eat. Dana found himself in that spot all too often, and that’s how Town Square Pizza came into being.
Partnering with Derek Fitch and enlisting the expertise of General Manager Elisabeth McKinley, Dana and the team created the perfect portable option to eat on the go. The restaurant's Baton Rouge Town Square location provides the perfect opportunity for its original design concept of square pizzas, square napkins, square tables, and square tile floors. From the moment you walk in the door at Town Square Pizza you will understand!
With events at the River Center and Shaw Center combined with the festivals and concerts held downtown, the team knew that portable pizza was what Downtown Baton Rouge was missing. Town Square Pizza is perfect for the lunch crowd as well as those who are downtown for a visit. The Town Square Pizza team knows that a vibrant downtown is essential for a healthy city and they are committed to helping Baton Rouge grow in that direction.
Derek Fitch is a local entrepreneur who has been a part of several businesses with Dana Brown. The partnership was born out of a long-time friendship. Derek has been actively involved in the redevelopment of downtown for over 20 years, and he continues to pursue his passion for improving his hometown of Baton Rouge. Derek often works collaboratively with others to enhance the Capitol City...and Town Square Pizza is another great addition to the local business ecosystem.