Happy’s Pizza was founded by Happy Asker in Detroit, Michigan, in 1994. The company operates a chain of pizza and sandwich shops.
The company opens locations where other pizza restaurants won’t or in places where they have failed. The company now has 95 locations in 6 states, most of them franchised. The menu includes more than just pizza, with sandwiches, salads, chicken, wings, shrimp, and seafood. The main emphasis is on pizza, however.
The founder, Happy Asker, and 5 other shareholders were indicted in 2010 on tax evasion and fraud. Asker was found guilty in July of 2015 and sentenced to 4 years in prison, as well as a fine of $2.5 million. Former COO Maher Bashi was also sentenced to 2 years. John Moran has taken over as new CEO.
Despite the company’s legal problems, new locations continue to open and business has continued.