Photo: Sam Milianta
When a kitchen fire tore through Este Pizzeria’s Sugarhouse location, leaving the business in trouble, founder Dave Heiblim had few options. In order to finance the rebirth and continuation of his honest-as-sauce New York-style establishment, he sold a franchise to his then-manager Brook Lund, who had worked in pizza since he was 16 and at Este since 2005. Lund quickly set up shop downtown on 200 S. and since then, he’s been using his decade-plus of pizza experience and slinging huge slices of thin, topping-laden pie with gusto. A former vegan and participant in the local punk scene, his favorite topping combination is still The Green 4: spinach, red onions, garlic and tomatoes. Lund’s favorite aspect of Salt Lake is how locally oriented the citizens are, something he claims you don’t find many other places in the West. He says SLC is home to many unique businesses, restaurants and artistic endeavors, and he’s happy to be among them.
SLUG: Tell us about your first experience with SLUG Magazine.
Lund: I’ve been reading SLUG ever since I can remember. I’ve been into the hardcore and punk scene here in Salt Lake since the ‘90s. SLUG used to go hand-in-hand with that stuff—still does I guess, just not as heavily.
SLUG: How have you seen the magazine change since then?
Lund: Seems like it’s more skateboard- and ad-driven lately. There’s not as much music content.
SLUG: What is your favorite SLUG cover?
Lund: Didn’t Pushead do a SLUG cover a while back?
SLUG: Tell us about a memorable SLUG event that you’ve attended.
Lund: I don’t know if I’ve ever attended a SLUG event. Was that Clear reunion a SLUG event? I mean, I didn’t go to it, but that would have been my favorite, probably.
SLUG: How has SLUG affected your life?
Lund: I would be more bored at coffee shops [without it].
SLUG: Why do you think SLUG has continued to be relevant in Utah for the last 22 years?
Lund: [It’s] a pretty good independent voice. It’s not censored and I like that.