There’s a new pizza and burger place in town and its already making a difference in Stark County. Bubba’s 33, 4721 Dressler Road NW in Jackson Township, officially opened May 15 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Prior to opening day, the new eatery sponsored two days of invitation-only guests to help raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Managing Partner Tim Blondheim said the 8,400-square-foot sports restaurant seats 200 people inside and another 50 outside. The restaurant founder is Kent Taylor who also founded the Texas Roadhouse chain.

Blondheim said Taylor carefully selects locations for both chains and having three Texas Roadhouses in the area, including a location on Dressler Road in Jackson Township (along with locations in Alliance and New Philadelphia), Taylor believes the Canton area was a good market for Bubba’s 33.

"The 33 in the name comes from two things: fFrst 1933 was the year prohibition ended and 33 represents the 33 percent of bacon grind included in our burgers to enhance the flavor," Blondheim said.

While this is the first Bubba’s 33 to open in Ohio, there are 16 others located in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina and New Mexico. Diners have a variety of food options to select from including fresh-ground burgers, stone-baked pizzas, salads, sandwiches really cold beer. The 33 percent bacon grind is optional for the long list of burgers.

"We have several specialties including our sweet glazed bacon and Bubba’s fiesta dip. The sweet glazed bacon is thick-cut smoked bacon glazed with cherry cola and served on potato straws with honey mustard on the side," Blondheim said.

The fiesta dip is made from the 33 percent bacon ground beef and refried beans layered with cheddar, provolone and mozzarella cheeses, white queso, fresh jalapenos, guacamole, tomatoes, black olives and zesty sour cream. Other unique items include blue cheese wedges, Bubba’s 33 Meaty Meaty, 33 deluxe, the signature ribeye, a sunshine burger and a California chicken sandwich.

The eatery held two invitation-only events to help raise money for the charity Blondheim selected, Make-a-Wish. All of the dinner guests had received a free meal during the dinner hours on May 12 and during the lunch hours on May 13.

Guests included a few dignitaries from the area as well as those who signed up online. Blondheim said he was expecting to provide over 500 complimentary meals during the invitation-only events.

"Two things set Bubba’s 33 apart. First, we make everything from scratch. Second, we are tops in customer service, all of our employees welcome guests at the door and thank them when they leave. We strive to be the friendliest place in town to eat," he said.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation has granted more than 14,000 wishes since 1983 in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana with 460 wishes per year just in Ohio. Its mission is to grant a heartfelt wish to every eligible child to help them feel better and possible get better from their life-threatening medical condition.

For those wishing to make a donation or those wanting to place a wish request, visit oki.wish.org or call 1-877-206-9474.