Me-N-Ed's HistoryHistory / Who Are Me n Ed?
The pizza world has never been the same since the first Me-n-Ed oven was fired up in Sacramento, California, in 1958. Russ “Me” Johnson and Ed Sandlin didn’t set out to build a pizza parlor empire – it just happened.
From their modest beginnings, Russ and Ed began selling Me-n-Ed’s franchises throughout California while operating their own restaurants around the San Francisco Bay area. Expanding into Fresno, Russ and Ed met Ben and Marcella Watters, who ran a boarding house and quickly became known for their frequent visits to Me-n-Ed’s. As the story goes, during one particular visit, a potted plant in the restaurant caught Marcella’s eye. She had to have it. When the owner refused to sell it to her, Marcella bought the entire restaurant. The plant was hers…along with the franchise rights to Me-n-Ed's.