Lorna and Steve Bussing are the owners and operators of Red Pepper Pizzeria. They started in Duvall 12 years ago. Lorna purchased the building that Red Pepper operated out of in Duvall in 1998 and opened The Arcade Café (you can still see an old sign for it on the north facing side of the building!).
The Red Pepper building was originally built in 1911 for F. W. Hoffman's Duvall Tailoring Company. Mr. Hoffman ran a thriving business for a number of years. Subsequent business have been The Silver Spoon restaurant, the Trading Post, and Liberty's Lighthouse.
The Arcade closed while Main Street was redone through downtown Duvall in December of 2008. During the down time, Steve ran a pizzeria in Mountlake Terrace and Lorna and Steve decided to open Red Pepper Pizzeria in Duvall to replace the Arcade on January 15, 2011. Fun fact about how the Red Pepper Pizzeria name came to be: Lorna loved a café with the same name in California and when she bought the building in 1998, she decided to make a business name of Red Pepper when she signed up with PSE. Years later, Lorna’s oldest son and daughter-in-law were helping come up with a name for the new pizzeria that Lorna and Steve would be opening in 2011 and they came up with the name Red Pepper Pizzeria, not knowing that Lorna had selected that name on the PSE paperwork years earlier!
Lorna and Steve have loved owning and operating a business in Duvall and Carnation and are huge supporters of local non-profits, churches, and school organizations. In addition to being one of the largest employers of local Cedarcrest High School students, they also donate to many of the area school’s booster club fundraisers. They donate pizzas every year to Riverview School District schools for Staff Appreciation Week. Lorna and Steve have been on many boards, including Empower Youth Network and local Chambers of Commerce.
Lorna and Steve have 6 adult kids between them and 3 grandchildren. They love travelling and visiting family and their three adorable grandchildren in CA. They have been residents in Duvall for 25 years and Lorna’s youngest son went through Riverview School District from kindergarten through high school. They are looking forward to opening a new restaurant in Sultan, WA in 2023.