Pizzability in Denver is a pizza joint with a difference: it is completely staffed by individuals with disabilities. It was founded by Tiffany Fixter, a former special education teacher who saw a need in the community for jobs and training for adults with disabilities.

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The small business, located in the Cherry Creek area, has a great concept and location but is struggling to survive in a world of massive restaurant chains with a convenient and super speedy delivery service.

“Everybody on my staff has an intellectual or developmental disability,” Fixter told Denver 7 news. “We have people that are blind and deaf. They have autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy.”

Even though the restaurant has a big impact on the local community, business is business and Pizzability needs to fight to make ends meet. “People think we’re really successful and that’s great,” Fixter said. “But, I don’t know if we’re going to make it.”

The attitudes of some people certainly don’t help matters, as highlighted by local journalist Tori Mason. The CBS4 Denver reporter was “ heartbroken and disgusted” to find that people have been heard saying “that’s where the retards work,” and hanging around outside, afraid to come in.

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What a crappy attitude towards a place that is inclusive and welcoming to everyone, giving disadvantaged people – who might otherwise be overlooked in the labor market – the chance to earn a dignified living in a great environment!

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Pizzability follows another of Fixter’s businesses, Brewability Lab. Brewability employs six beertenders, and since most can’t read, the day’s selections are designated a color, both on the taps and in the menu. “I wanted something where they could feel purposeful,” Fixter told craftbeer.com.

The craft beer brewery opened in October 2016, and some of its beers can be tasted on tap at Pizzability. Craft beer and great pizza? What more could you ask for!

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The reviews for Pizzability are flawless, 5 stars all round. “Amazing food! Huge slices with tons of flavor! The staff are incredible, so genuine and helpful, makes you feel very comfortable!!!” Is the latest example.

“You won’t find better customer service at any other restaurant out there! 10/10 would recommend to anyone who lives near or visits Denver! You can’t miss out on this gem!”

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So what are you waiting for, Denverites? Delicious pizza, tasty beers, friendly staff and a small business that makes a huge difference to the local community. Go get yourself a slice or 2!

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Here’s what people had to say about the inclusive and open-hearted restaurant

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