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Happy Joe’s Pizza breaks ground in Navarre

Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream’s first location in Florida just broke ground in Navarre and are hoping to open their doors officially this summer.


The restaurant franchise is known for its pizza and desserts across multiple states in the Midwest including Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Owned and operated by Jennifer & Jeff Harding, the pair hope to bring a piece of the Midwest to the panhandle.

“We are so fulfilled to be able to bring apart of the Midwest culture down here to Navarre, we know that it will be such a fun, memory-making, pizza & ice-cream loving adventure for everyone here,” said the couple.

Jeff and Jennifer Harding

Happy Joe’s has a long history dating back to 1972. Lawrence Joseph Whitty, also know as “Happy Joe” opened the franchise’s inaugural location in Davenport, Iowa in 1972 with a deep passion and history in the food industry. Joe sought out and engaged the “residual happy child in all of us” which lead to his success. Read the full history on Happy Joe here.

Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream was inducted into the Pizza Hall of Fame last year and was listed at No. 468 in the 2017 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Fortune 500.

The Navarre location will feature a large main open dining area, outdoor and indoor patio dining, a kid’s party room and a fun center that includes games and a prize counter.