Chef Desmon Coleman
Hustle Town Pizza is the result of a tireless work ethic from chef Desmon Coleman.
After attending culinary school in Southern California, Coleman walked into a formidable Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, Bestia, and asked for a job. What started as a prep cook position — washing vegetables, making sauces, helping out however he could — eventually led to a more desirable spot on the line. His hustle allowed him to work up the pecking order at several restaurants in L.A.
But after the pandemic hit, Coleman decided it was time to move back to Texas. Upon his return, he like many others, tried his hand at barbecue. While he’s pretty damn good at it, the small farmer’s market where he was slinging smoked meats just wasn’t enough to pay the bills. Again, he found his way back into the restaurant scene. Between serving drinks at The Henry and Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, two popular spots in downtown Dallas, he saved enough cash to get a single Ooni pizza oven. From there he started serving pizzas out of his garage by pre-order only. That’s where we discovered him.
He uses high-quality ingredients, his dough is made from a sourdough starter he brought back from San Francisco. Pair that with Caputo 00 flour and the San Marzano tomatoes and you have yourself an elevated pie.
As his notoriety grew, he started doing pop-ups at Hop and Sting Brewing Co. in Grapevine where he paired his pies with pit master Trey Sanchez of Vaqueros Bar-B-Q. While we love the collaborations, his pies stand strong on their own.
Over the year his stable has grown; he now boasts three Roccboxes, portable pizza ovens and has a rotation of unique pizzas.
If pizza wasn’t enough, he’s now serving up brisket smash burgers as well, we recommend you get some pizza and a burger ASAP.