BJ’s Pizza on Melton Road, Leicester began its life in 1997, by a lovely couple named Bharat Shah and Gita Shah. The name BJ are the initials of Bharat Shah, Bharat (Son) Jagjiwan (Father). It all started 20 years ago when students from Rushey Mead School and Sour Valley School come out during lunch hours for snacks. Mr & Mrs Shah saw an opportunity and entered into a food retail business naming it BJ’s Pizza by selling a meal deal of fresh chips and a slice of pizza.
BJ’s Pizza grew from strength to strength while building a reputation by making excellent quality pizzas. BJ’s ethos is to provide the highest quality pure vegetarian food in Leicester. Mr. and Mrs. Shah kept on initiating new ideas of different types of pizzas with a variety of toppings providing authentic taste. Through this trial and error phase, they managed to create over 15 different variety of pizzas.
"Our passion is to make simple food done well..."
In 2014, after 17 years of hard work and excellent customer rapport, Mr & Mrs Shah decided to retire. This is when BJ’s Pizza came under new management with new owners Prashant Lodhiya and his wife Bansri Lodhiya who continued with this long standing philosophy. As a family run business, Mr & Mrs Shah were committed to their customer’s happiness and dietary needs because of which new couple were provided with full training from all aspects of the business.
For Prashant and Bansri, the inspiration of entering into their own food retail venture came through a very well-known and an established catering team called 4 Seasons Catering, owned by Bansri’s parents Rekha Visram and Praful Visram. Mr. and Mrs. Visram’s hard –work and dedication to 4 Season Catering was more than enough to pursue them into the right direction and they couldn’t find a better role model than their parents.
A proposition arose to take over BJ’s Pizza. There was no second guessing and neither any hesitation of buying their very own first business. The opportunity was grabbed straight away and the transition started immediately. Mr & Mrs Lodhiya embarked on this journey with a positive attitude in 2014, and since then they’ve never looked back. They continue to maintain the same service, quality and standards.
BJ’s make their own pizza dough using the finest ingredients, the dough is made fresh every day to give that authentic taste you can’t get anywhere. BJ’s believe their dough has a uniqueness and taste that no other pizza shop can offer. The dough is also suitable for vegan customers, as it they DO NOT add eggs or any other dairy products.
BJ’s fresh chips are fried in Sun Flower oil, they do not fry anything else in the fryer except fresh potato chips, which is an advantage for those customers who are fasting!!! Our potatoes come directly from Farmers based in the U.K.