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December 2nd, 2020
First Look: Big Mamma's Burritos In Gordon Square
Like a drunken flashback, I feel at home as soon as I walk into Big Mamma's Burritos. Sure, I hadn't traipsed down the red bricks of Court Street from The C.I. to get there, and it's barely 8 p.m. instead of the 2:00 a.m. ritual of my Ohio University days. But as a little Chipotle Ranch drips onto my Bobcat green "Take Me Back To Athens, Ohio" T-shirt, something familiar bubbles up in my guts. "We've been woven into the fabric and the DNA of the collegiate experience for generations of college students," says co-owner Jerry DePizzo, whose saxophone playing in the Ohio State University-launched jam band O.A.R. also played as the soundtrack to ...
November 13th, 2020
Big Mamma's Burritos Now Open in Gordon Square
Update: Big Mamma's Burritos is now open in Gordon Square Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Our preview post from August below:

Big Mamma's Burritos, a favorite of the Ohio University and Ohio State University student bodies, opened a Cleveland outpost in December in partnership with Whistle & Keg (818 Prospect Ave.). That bar currently is closed for renovations owing to damage sustained during the protests.

Today we learn that Big Mamma's will open a standalone shop in Gordon Square, in the former home of Daily Press (6604 Detroit Ave.). President Jerry DePizzo says the plan is to open the doors in a couple months.

"We l...
November 13th, 2020
Big Mamma's Burritos set to open new location in Gordon Square
Big Mamma's Burritos, a new quick-serve burrito restaurant in the Gordon Square Arts District, is planning to test the waters with a soft opening this weekend prior to their grand opening on Friday, Nov. 20.

Franchise co-owner Jerry DePizzo, also the guitarist and saxophone player for popular Ohio rock band O.A.R., said he hopes the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood's kinetic energy will bring the small chain good business. Their previous Cleveland location at Whistle and Keg Brewery at Playhouse Square was shut down following the protests in June.

"Playhouse Square hasn't really been repaired all that much," said the restauranteur, expla...
September 18th, 2020
Customer Story | Big Mamma's Burritos

Big Mamma's Burritos is a quick-service, alternative burrito experience in Ohio that has adapted GRUBBRR's self-ordering kiosk and online ordering service in their Athens location to stay afloat in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.



At Big Mamma's, their goal has always been to ensure a "great customer experience aligned with a prime cost that fits their model." While they had considered incorporating a kiosk into their locations a while back, they had never anticipated how quickly they would need to shift that mindset to the present.



According to Jerry DePizzo, saxophonist for the alternative rock band O.A.R., also owns Bi...

September 5th, 2020
Ranking the top nine restaurants in Uptown Athens
4. Big Mamma's Burritos

Big Mamma's Burritos is also similar to Chipotle, but with some extra pizazz. Big Mamma's offers specialty burritos, guacamole and queso for any and all tastes. For anyone looking for a place in Athens to get a Philly Burrito, Big Mamma's is the place.
August 14th, 2020
Big Mamma's Burritos to Open New Shop in Gordon Square
Big Mamma's Burritos, a favorite of the Ohio University and Ohio State University student bodies, opened a Cleveland outpost in December in partnership with Whistle & Keg (818 Prospect Ave.). That bar currently is closed for renovations owing to damage sustained during the protests.

Today we learn that Big Mamma's will open a standalone shop in Gordon Square, in the former home of Daily Press (6604 Detroit Ave.). President Jerry DePizzo says the plan is to open the doors in a couple months.

"We love the location, we love the kinetic energy down there," says DePizzo. "Being down in Columbus, it actually reminds me a lot of our Short Nort...
December 19th, 2019
Best Burritos in the Country #21
A staple in Athens, Ohio, Big Mamma's Burritos serves up a burrito so large that the owners claim they've taken the standard burrito and corrupted it with delicious, twisted ideas. The Chili Mamma, a soft flour tortilla stuffed with rice, hot sauce, sour cream, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and famous Skyline chili, is a hot commodity, but the Chipotle Ranch Mamma is the most-popular burrito. Think chicken, a delicious chipotle ranch sauce, cheese, rice, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Whatever you choose, you won't leave hungry.
December 2nd, 2019
Young Ones To Watch: O.A.R. Rocker Jerry DePizzo's Latest Side Gig is Growing a Budding Burrito Business
Imagine if your job that consisted of playing saxophone and guitar for a wildly popular rock band was only half of what you did on a given day. Such is the case for Jerry DePizzo, 39, whose two-decade career as a member of O.A.R. has recently given way to a new entrepreneurial endeavor with Ohio-based burrito brand Big Mamma's Burritos.
DePizzo and business partner Matt Crumpton bought Big Mamma's in February 2019 after successfully growing calzone-focused QSR franchise D.P. Dough to the point of acquisition earlier in the year. As the two set out to find their next venture, they seized on what they see as a prime opportunity with Big Mamma's...
October 24th, 2019
Multiplatinum Band Member's Next Act? Building a Burrito Chain
There are plenty of foodservice entrepreneurs who split their time between a restaurant company and another gig. But few can lay claim to a side hustle quite like Jerry DePizzo's.
DePizzo is a core member of the multiplatinum band O.A.R., a massively popular rock outfit that's put out 10 records in 20-plus years. But even while O.A.R. is still going strong on the national circuit, DePizzo is also building an Ohio-based fast-casual burrito concept.
In the midst of a busy touring season, DePizzo and his business partner, Matt Crumpton, bought Big Mamma's Burritos earlier this year and intend to scale it through both franchised and corporate loc...