Luke Morgan had a life-long dream to open his own pizza shop.
Luke’s mother Jennifer Ann Morgan (right) passed away from motor neurone disease (MND) in September last year, aged 58.
“Seeing someone go through something like that gives you the motivation to make things happen. When you see her life cut short, you are reminded how short it is,” Mr Morgan said.
Pizza Jam is at shop 5, 384 Warwick Road, Yamanto, near the Red Rooster.
Mr Morgan explains why the store is called Pizza Jam.
“It’s very simple and extremely special to our family. JAM is my late mother’s initials,” Mr Morgan said.
“It’s (motor neurone disease) a terrible thing to watch a family member or friend go through.
As a family-run takeaway shop, Mr Morgan’s wife Tamara and children will work at the store and a lot of the menu is linked to family and friends.
“We have all the traditional pizzas that everyone likes and some creations of our own. Our pizzas are named after family and friends. Each one really means something to our family,” Mr Morgan said.
All of the pizza bases and sauces are made from scratch in the store and they also offer pasta dishes with homemade sauces.
“I was right into watching Underbelly when I first came up with this pizza. It has all the traditional Aussie ingredients in there, fresh tomato sauce on the base, bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce, onion and then I crack two fresh eggs over the top,” Mr Morgan said.
The Morgans live locally and believe Ipswich offers great opportunities for new businesses.
“It’s a great city to live in and this is a good area to have a great pizza shop in,” Mr Morgan said.
Some of the more unusual menu items are the Nutella Pizza, gluten free bases, oven baked nuggets and chips, and they also offer calzone in two sizes.
Pizza Jam is open Tuesday to Sunday from 4.30pm.