Poor Richard’s Pizza serves up Strathmore

Amber Delussa, Joanna Rayani, Hussain Rayani and Aubrey Wingfield at Poor Richards’ new location in Strathmore, Ca.(Rigo Moran)

Local residents can now enjoy pizza, arcade games, live music and more at Poor Richard’s Pizza’s newest spot in Strathmore

STRATHMORE – With Poor Richard’s latest instatement of a new pizzeria in Strathmore, the small town has gained a safe haven as the business prioritizes fun and safe activities for the locals to enjoy over a slice of pizza.

Poor Richard’s Pizza provides a safe place with their new Strathmore location, which opened on Sept. 23. Out of the four locations, three of them are owned and operated by the Rayani family who purchased the business a couple years ago from the previous owner. Partial owners Joanna, Hussain, Adriana, Rasheem and Zahra Rayani, have expanded the business to three locations and hope to continue.

“We’re going to continue to expand as much as we can. (Next) I’m really thinking Hanford,” Joana Rayani said. “I think wherever the opportunities lie, we should go.”

After buying the business, they opened their first location in Springville before expanding to Porterville and Strathmore. The family has an interest in benefiting the community, particularly in small towns.

“We really like small towns, so when we opened up in Springville, we really liked the environment,” Rayani said. “We were just looking online and this place (in Strathmore) popped up, so we said ‘yeah let’s do it, it’s another small town.’”

In order to give kids a safe place to enjoy after school, every location has arcade games they can play when they want something to do in their free time.

“It’s pretty cool to see them with other friends here. Just like the other day, we had a cross-country team here. So that’s really nice to see instead of them being like out on the street,” Rayani said.

The restaurant also offers field trips opportunities to the local schools so they can visit the restaurant. With these field trips to the pizzeria, each student has an option to pay a few dollars to go through the process of making their own pizza right in the restaurant.

“When we do field trips, the kids will pay five or six dollars and that comes with a drink and a small pizza,” Rayani said. “Then will have cheese, pepperoni and sausage (as toppings), and the (kids) create it themselves. Then they’re able to see us putting it into the oven and cut it up.”

Poor Richards has not had the chance to do field trips in Strathmore just yet, but the family of owners are hoping to get more involved with the community as they continue to improve upon their new location.

“I really want to do field trips. So we’re looking at doing one with Sunnyside (Elementary School) soon,” Rayani said.

The business hosts field trips for all grades, pre-K through 12th, to come and learn about the pizza-making process. Just recently their Springville location hosted Happy Heart Preschool, where they taught three and four-year-old students how to make pizza.

One of the other ways the business tries to stay involved with the community is by catering for local schools, offering discounts to students, teachers and healthcare workers and even helping to fund senior student fundraisers.

“I enjoy the restaurant field but I like doing it for the community especially,” Rayani said. “That’s the good thing about not having a franchise. You can do whatever you want.”

The Rayani’s eventually want to offer everything they have at their Springville location and bring that to their Strathmore one. They also want to bring a full bar, live music, karaoke and paint nights for the community to their newest spot.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a patio soon so we can start having small bands live here,” Rayani said.

The Springville location which is in the building that was once the Springville Inn, also hosts an annual Halloween party, which will be on Oct. 27 this year and will feature the Josh Day band. For more information on the event or Poor Richard’s Pizza, visit their social media pages. They can be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Additionally, visit one of the other locations at: 1549 W Olive Ave. Porterville, CA 93257; 35634 CA-190, Springville CA 93265; 205 N Main St, Porterville, CA 93257 and, now, 19668 Orange Belt Dr. Strathmore CA 93267.

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