Old Town Pizza opened in July 1999 under Brian & Maureen Hayes in Auburn. A fan of OTP, Reese Browning discovered that the Hayes’ wanted to sell and chose to pursue ownership. With investments from family and friends, in November 2002, Reese became the new owner of OTP and started the family on a new adventure. For a time Reese worked under the Hayes’ direction, learning the various aspects of running a thriving pizza restaurant. Reese assumed the role of Managing General Partner while the kids learned serving and managing skills. Ed & Pat (Reese’s parents) specialized in decorating, maintenance, safety, and cleanliness.
In 2002 Old Town Pizza was honored with its first “Best of the Best Pizza” award which provided even more motivation for the family to maintain their excellence in food quality, taste, service and ambiance. The OTP philosophy has always been to provide a dining experience that is “as good as gold”. The restaurant has gone on to win this award every year since! Also, in 2010, OTP was honored with the prestigious “Aubie” Business of the Year award.
With business at OTP Auburn thriving, the family decided to start a new venture; opening a second location in Lincoln, California. OTP Lincoln opened in July 2004 under Mason Browning, Reese’s son, as General Manager. OTP Lincoln won their first “Best of the Best” awards in 2005 and like Auburn, has won every year since. In August of 2015, Kelly Bewley, a long-time member of the OTP family, was promoted to General Manager.
On October 18th, 2005, a fire in Old Town Auburn closed Old Town Pizza for six months. When the restaurant reopened on April 17th, 2006, the Browning’s were overwhelmed when the community came out in force. OTP Auburn experienced record sales that continued through the end of May. Melanee O’Hagan (Reese’s daughter) ran OTP Auburn until 2009, her husband, Ethan O’Hagan, took over the position as General Manager through November, 2015. In December 2015 we welcomed long-time OTP fan, Laura Styler to Auburn, taking on the role of General Manager.
In 2010, Russ Yeager joined our team as our full time Marketing Director. His talents solidified our brand and helped expand it. Our company has grown significantly since Russ joined our team.
In 2012, the family decided to expand the Lincoln location by acquiring the space downstairs, naming it “OTP To-Go”. In the past, take-out guests would walk upstairs to the restaurant to retrieve their pizzas. Now, take-out guests can quickly and easily enter the street level space of OTP To-Go, avoid the possible sit-down crowd of the restaurant, and be on their way quickly. The new space is decked out with an ice cream counter, featuring eight varieties of creamy goodness, and is also offering pizza by the slice. The slices are hot, fresh, and ready for either eating at one of the pub tables or satisfy those who need a quick meal solution.
In December 2015 we completed the construction of our newest location in Historic Roseville. Mason Browning moved from Lincoln to run the Roseville location as General Manager. This 3rd location in Roseville was the result of years of waiting for the right time and location to complete this final expansion to service the I-80 corridor. It was a labor of love from the entire family and the community of people who have helped along the way. OTP Roseville has expanded seating, a separate banquet room, a walk-up window for take-out and “by the slice” pizza, an extensive beer and wine selection, and outdoor patio seating. Russ Yeager, with his extensive knowledge of the craft beer industry, influenced the design of this beautiful location. He has taken on the management of our beer and wine offerings, in addition to his role as our company’s Marketing Director.
Old Town Pizza looks forward to being a valued part of the Auburn, Lincoln, and Roseville communities for many more years to come!