To connect with our community and make a positive impact by serving great food, forming friendships and giving back to those in need.
The idea for The Olive Branch began when Bryan and Tamie Wallake begin discussing what they should do with this new building they were putting up next to their daycare center. Their original idea was to rent it out as office space, but then owner Bryan Wallake got the idea of opening up a pizza shop. When he mentioned this idea to Tamie, she immediately begin to envision a beautiful coffee shop to go along with his pizza idea. What really clinched it for her was when she realized how this Pizza/Coffee shop idea could help their 5013c nonprofit organization which assists people coming out of homelessness and drug addiction.
They threw out a post on facebook asking their friends for ideas on names and one of their friends suggested “The Olive Branch”. As Tamie researched the meaning behind the name, and saw that The Olive Branch signifies peace and reconciliation, she immediately knew that this was the name they were looking for. Bryan began researching different types of pizza and came across the brick oven pizza which cooks in just a few minutes and gives the pizza a unique wood fire flavor. Soon after, they traveled to Good Fellas Pizza in Staton Island, NY to attend pizza school. Good Fellas has earned numerous awards including many “World’s Best Pizza” awards and they teach their students how to make their dough and their sauce from scratch using high quality, fresh ingredients.
The Olive Branch began at 5600 Gender Rd. in April, 2017, but due to location challenges, it was moved to the Westchester Golf Course Clubhouse in March of 2021 when Bryan and Tamie purchased the course to save it from being closed.
The heartbeat behind The Olive Branch is giving people a second chance, whether it’s through employment or just a helping hand. One way we do this is through our orphanage which we are building in Jinja, Uganda to house 107 orphans that we currently support. A minimum of 10% of all profit from The Olive Branch is given back to help others.