When an about us page is added to a website, it is typically a 1 paragraph bio, or a couple of pictures of the owners of the business. ACP (American Classic Pizzeria) has a story. It is a story about the American dream and American families. It involves many different parts of America that lead to the Montana business that has been around for more than 17 years.
This story is about Rex. The President of American Classic Pizzeria. He is reluctant to stand in a spotlight, but the webmaster finds his story fascinating. We sat down with Rex to reminisce about his life in the pizza business.
Our story begins more than 35 years ago. In 1978 Rex graduated from high school in Huxley, Iowa. Shortly after he graduated he went to work for Paul Revere’s Pizza in Iowa. Paul Revere’s was owned by Richard Mueller. “Dick” took Rex under his wing. Rex and Dick are still friends today. Dick is retired and living on the gulf coast of Texas. Rex worked for Paul Revere until 1980 when he moved to Montana to help his grandparents.
In 1982, Rex was involved in founding of Stageline Pizza. Stageline Pizza still exists in a variety of locations. Rex’s father came to Montana and was involved in the growth of Stageline and eventually Rex’s Aunt’s Mimi, Dorothy and Irene became involved with the pizza business. At one point there were 15 locations for Stageline Pizza in Montana. There are many still going strong.
Over time Rex’s Aunt Dorothy’s locations changed their names to Rosa’s Pizza. They have locations in many parts of the country, with a strong presence still in Montana. Rex’s Aunt Irene has Nitetrain Pizza in Minot North Dakota and his Aunt Mimi has a Rosa’s in Fessenden, ND. His sister Angie owns Angela’s Pizza in Kalispell. His brother operates the Rosa’s in Big Fork.
There are many other pizza places started by people that got there start with Rex. In 1991, Rex sold his interest in Stageline Pizza to explore the country. He ended up in Atlanta, Georgia and that is where he became a feverish Braves fan. He spent time with the pizza company “The Mellow Mushroom”. He also worked again for his mentor Richard Mueller again. Dick had started American Classic Sub and Pizzia in Atlanta and when that closed, Rex asked Dick if he could use the name American Classic Pizzeria. Rex returned to Montana in the mid 1990’s and returned to manage a Stageline Pizza location. American Classic Pizzeria started in a the Billings Heights in October 1, 1998. With the help of his dad, Walt, ACP was born. Rex’s sister Cheri is still involved with ACP today.
ACP moved to the Doc ‘n Eddy’s location. After moving to other locations, ACP is now back at the Doc ‘n Eddy’s on Broadwater.
Rex thanks God for the blessings in his life. He believes in liberty, and that every American should read the Constitution and the Bible. The ACP story continues to be written by a new generation of cooks and delivery drivers.