By Raiza Giorgi

At Tower Pizza, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, Torey and Monica Dunn have been focused on both providing good food to their customers and on creating a community-focused space and attitude.

They have owned the restaurant for four years, after taking it over from Torey’s side of the family.

“The best thing about owning Tower is doing various fundraiser events for local organizations, and sponsorships of youth recreation,” Torey Dunn said.

The place was packed on Jan. 18 as customers waited patiently in line to get a pizza for $9.99 and listen to music.

“We love coming to Tower and supporting their business, and it was an excuse not to cook tonight, which is always nice,” said local resident Justin Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was hosting his co-worker, Eloy Cazarez, who lives in Oxnard and would have had to commute for hours as the two asphalt workers got to a job on the north side of the Highway 101 closure.

“I’d rather host Eloy and give him a break from having to drive, and now we can enjoy a beer and pizza after work, which is great,” Rodriguez said.

The Trieger family of Buellton came in to celebrate their daughter Taylor’s 12th birthday with a few close friends.

“With the closure of Highway 101 we want to support our friend’s business and celebrate their anniversary,” said Cheri Glimp of Solvang.

Almost all of produce Tower uses is fresh, local, and even organic when possible. Their dough is prepared and cheese grated daily.

Tower Pizza is at 436 Alisal Road. For more information, call 805-688-3036 or go to