Happy Joe's

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Happy Joe's
privately held company
Industry Restaurant
Founded Bettendorf, Iowa (1972 (1972))
Founder Lawrence Joseph "Happy Joe" Whitty
Headquarters Bettendorf, Iowa, U.S.
Number of locations
48 stores (2011)
Products Italian-American cuisine
pizza · pasta · desserts
Website HappyJoes.com

Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor is an American pizza parlor chain based in Bettendorf, Iowa. The restaurant chain was founded in 1972 by "Happy Joe" Whitty, a former Shakey's Pizza manager.[citation needed] Its 61 restaurants are located in the Midwestern United States (in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin).[citation needed]

Happy Joe's claims to be the first pizza restaurant to offer a taco pizza (a pizza with refried bean/tomato sauce, cheese, lettuce, tomato and taco chips). After a franchisee suggested adding tacos to the menu, Whitty invented the restaurant's best-selling product, the Taco Pizza.[1]

The Happy Joe's location on Gilbert Street in Iowa City, Iowa was destroyed by a tornado on April 13, 2006, part of the Easter Week 2006 Tornado Outbreak Sequence.[2][better source needed]

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