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|privately held company|
|Founded||Bettendorf, Iowa (1972 )|
|Founder||Lawrence Joseph "Happy Joe" Whitty|
|Headquarters||Bettendorf, Iowa, U.S.|
Number of locations
|48 stores (2011)|
pizza · pasta · desserts
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. Its 61 restaurants are located in the Midwestern United States (in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin).
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.