MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5 ) - You've heard it yelled around town. First, it was "Suns in four." Now it's "Suns in five." People love to bet on who's going to win the NBA Finals. An Arizona and a Wisconsin restaurant have their own bet going. These musical restaurants are unique because you can only find them in two cities. "Suns in five, baby!" said Organ Stop Pizza owner Jack Barz. That's music to most people's ears in the Valley these days.
But it's this organ music that now has a stake in the game. "When everything happened and the Suns and Bucks ended up in the finals, we were like, 'Oh, we have to do something.' This is the perfect opportunity for the two last restaurants to have the two NBA teams in the championship," said Barz.
Barz owns Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, and Derek Paikowski and his daughter Nicole own Organ Piper Pizza outside Milwaukee. "It's ironic too that both of the teams haven't been in the finals. For us, it's been since 1970-something," Nicole said.
They're the only two organ pizza restaurants left standing in the United States. "We've gotten really close over the last 15 months just because of COVID. Like, 'What are you doing differently,' and stuff like that so we always bounce a lot of ideas off of each other," Barz said about the restaurants' relationship.
So, here's the deal: If the Suns win the championship, Organ Piper Pizza has to make Suns pizzas and eat them, wear Suns shirts, and the organist has to play "We Are the Champions" with a Suns jersey on. If the Bucks win, then Organ Stop Pizza will do all of that with Bucks gear on.
"The Suns, they do have some pretty cool jerseys, so it's not so bad," Derek laughed. "It really was kind of fate that it kind of brought it together," Barz.