Two Ways to Give the Gift of OTTO (and One Way to Receive $500 in Pizza!)

The bad news is that holiday shopping is stressful for millions of Americans. The good news is, um, who doesn’t love pizza?

In an effort to make it easy to give the gift of OTTO this holiday season, we have implemented a brand new super-easy gift card system that is fully integrated with each and every OTTO location, including delivery and online ordering!card_side-photo

Send an OTTO Gift Card via Email
If you’re like some of us, you may prefer to do your holiday shopping in your pajamas from the comfort of your home. Totally not a problem. Just go to ottoportland.com, click on the Gift Card banner, and order a gift card in any denomination to be delivered via email.

Gift Cards via email work pretty much like an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. The gift-receiver will get a stylish, personalized email with all the details, and only needs to print out the email and show it when it’s time to pay. The 12-digit code in the email can also be used for phone orders or online orders. Recipients can go online to check their balances or to reload.

Did we mention that by simply purchasing a gift card online, you (yes, you, the gift-buyer) are automatically entered to win a $500 gift card of your very own? That’s, like, a large pizza every month for two whole years just for giving someone a really cool gift.

Or, Give the Gift of Plastic
If you’re like some of us who aren’t into computers and whatnot, you can give an old-fashioned gift card that can be kept in a wallet or purse (or in a sock, really — who are we to judge?).

Traditional gift cards can be purchased at any of our locations in Maine and Massachusetts. Simply ask your server, bartender, or cashier, and they’ll be happy to assist. Just like our E-Gift Cards, these can be purchased in any denomination, and can be redeemed (or reloaded) at any location — including online orders and phone orders.

See how easy that was? You’re all set! Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

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A Few Words About Our Data Breach

It seems every day there is a report of another credit card data breach in the news. It’s strange phenomenon that our society has become somewhat numb to the incessant announcements of compromised data at behemoths like Target, UPS, and TJ Maxx, yet so many small businesses think that they’re immune.

As you may have heard, OTTO learned the hard way that smaller businesses are just as much a target as anyone else. We were hacked, and as a result, the credit card numbers of approximately 900 customers at our two Portland locations were exposed to hackers between May 1 and August 13. Despite ensuring that each of our our systems met the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, we were hit. Despite monitoring software, virus scans, and an array of additional security steps at each location, the hackers still got through, undetected. (A report by Verizon found that 99% of breaches targeting POS systems are discovered by outside sources during the course of an investigation — and 85% of breaches take weeks to discover.)

We were crushed to learn that we had been the target of such an attack — one that may have potentially affected the very customers who have helped OTTO grow over the past 5 years. While the breach is much smaller than those suffered by other regional businesses (Hannafords, Shaw’s, etc.), it hits closer to home when it happens to smaller businesses founded, owned, and operated right in one’s own community. While the breach is believed to have affected only 3% of the credit cards used by dine-in and take-out customers (delivery customers were not affected) at our two Portland locations, it is a stark reminder that no target is too small for hackers.

We hope, by being open and transparent about our experience, that something positive will come from it. We know that we are stronger, more secure, and more vigilant as a result. We hope that other businesses in our communities will be as well.

As we have stated in our news release, and on leaflets available at our restaurants, we urge our guests to visit our website to learn more about what they can do to detect and prevent misuse of their payment cards, or call a special toll-free number we have set up (888-453-4022) to ask any additional questions they may have. We also urge other businesses to research ways in which they can increase security in their restaurants to avoid similar attacks. They are welcome to reach out to us as well. If our experience can help the businesses in our community avoid a similar attack, it’s better for all of us.

On behalf of all of us at OTTO, we apologize for any inconvenience incurred as a result of the attack, and greatly appreciate your continued support.

In Newburyport- OTTO and Leary’s go together like pizza & beer.

OTTO is proud to announce our newest location- 202 Merrimac St in NEWBURYPORT!

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This time around, our owners Mike Keon and Anthony Allen have a whole new bag of tricks. OTTO is opening up inside a liquor store!

Just in time to catch some of the renowned Yankee Homecoming event, our beloved OTTO, and Leary’s Fine Wine & Spirits will open their doors for the first time, as a shared space.

Stay tuned for exact timing!  We’re OPEN! 978-225-6160

Two businesses. One roof. Pure magic.

Opening their doors originally in 1897, Leary’s is the Bay State’s oldest purveyor of Wine and Spirits, and a true institution in the greater Newburyport area. Just think of the endless pairing possibilities of your favorite wine or craft beer with an OTTO signature artisan pizza.

In a neighborhood with such a bustling local economy driven by the arts, music scene, and food-lovers, it’s safe to say the ‘mashed potato, bacon, scallion’ and the ‘cranberry, butternut squash, ricotta’ pizzas will have no trouble fitting in with the locals.

But wait, there’s more! Somewhere in the near future, the beauty of this partnership will really shine when you can have your preferred beer, wine, or spirits DELIVERED with your favorite OTTO pizza.

Life in Newburyport is about to get a whole lot sweeter.


LEARY’S & OTTO // 202 Merrimac St, Newburyport, MA 01950
OTTO : ottoportland.com : facebook.com/ottoportland :
(978) 225-6160
LEARY’S : learysfinewines.com : facebook.com/learysfinewines :
(978) 462-4451


 

 

Why You Shouldn’t Miss The Harmed Brothers’ FREE 2-Night Residency at OTTO

As part of OTTO’s month-long 5-year anniversary celebration, Oregon’s The Harmed Brothers will be bringing their indie-grass shenanigans to our 574 Congress Street location Friday, June 20 through Saturday, June 21.

1450Each night the music will crank up at 9:30pm. There is no charge (suggested band donation $5-10).

This acclaimed group from the left coast don’t make it around these parts too often, so we’d like to make sure you know exactly what you’d be missing if you made other plans this weekend:

“The fact that The Harmed Brothers haven’t achieved the popularity of, say, The Avett Brothers or The Lumineers remains as baffling as it is frustrating.” – Country Standard Time

“Fans of the Avett Brothers will instantly fall in love with this album and have a new favorite group.” – Performer Magazine

“Fans of Uncle Tupelo and Avett Brothers, pull up a chair and sit a spell.” – The Big Takeover

“Melding indie rock fervor with the intricate fretwork of bluegrass, the band steer their way through both genres without slowing and manage to come out on the other side with something unique and wholly their own.” – Beats Per Minute

“This excellent four-piece band is blessed with two vocalists just about as good as any band in roots music can boast of, and with perfect harmonies to match.” – American Roots UK

“The Harmed Brothers embrace conviction much like a young Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar once did.” – Akron Beacon-Journal

“With blissful harmonies and shuffling banjos and guitars, the Harmed Brothers are creating some unique jams.” – Magnet

“The heartbreaking, fearless tenacity and swagger of Vietti’s vocals and guitar paired with Salcido’s wide ranging harmonies and banjo picking, hint toward a very promising group of young impassioned storytellers, as well as stellar performers.” – Relix

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Why Does The Time And Temperature Building Say ‘EAT OTTO’?

Otto 2It’s a bird… It’s a plane…It’s “EAT OTTO” on the Time & Temp building sign! In keeping with OTTO’s 5-year tradition of assisting those in need in our communities, OTTO collaborated with The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein to donate 50 pizzas to Preble Street Resource Center. On our birthday, OTTO wants to remind people how important it is to give back to the communities we love.

Via The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein:

Joe is happy to spread the word about both OTTO and Preble Street and hopes that the 50 pizzas are thoroughly enjoyed. It’s times like these when Joe loves being from Portland.

A huge thanks to Joe & Co. and Preble Street for doing so much to make Portland great.

 

The Harmed Brothers LIVE at OTTO Friday 6/20 & Saturday 6/21- FREE!

To cap off our birthday month, an OTTO fave from Oregon, The Harmed Brothers will be doing a two-night residency at our 574 Congress Street dining room. This delightful mix of soulful harmonies and heart-string-plucking guitar & banjo, is not to be missed. They’ll be blasting upbeat “indie-grass” beats all night long. For the love of pizza, come out and celebrate!

Friday June 20 & Saturday June 21, 9:30PM. FREE!

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Updated Fundraiser Schedule for Portland, South Portland, Boston, and Lynnfield

Several great reasons to eat an entire pizza without feeling guilty.

PrintOTTO is pleased to be hosting an ongoing series of fundraiser nights to benefit regional charities and community organizations. At each event, a portion of sales will be donated to the dedicated organization.

The series began in February of 2013, and runs in both Maine and Massachusetts. The Maine fundraisers take place at our 225 Congress Street location and our South Portland location, and the Massachusetts fundraisers take place at our BU location and our MarketStreet Lynnfield location. The events are from 5pm – 9pm unless otherwise noted.

In addition to raising funds, OTTO owners and staff hope the events will help raise awareness, encourage dialogue, and provide a venue for networking, brainstorming, and speaking with potential volunteers.

OTTO encourages charities, schools, and organizations to reach out to discuss opportunities. Those interested should send an email to contactus@ottoportland.com.

As of this writing the schedule is as follows (all dates are subject to change):

OTTO 225 Congress St. Portland (Munjoy Hill)
September 23 – Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic
September 23 – Portland Buy Local

OTTO 159 Cottage Rd. South Portland
August 19 – Friends of Feral Felines

OTTO 888 Comm Ave, Boston (across from BU)
September 22 – Ellevate
September 29 – Philidelphia Marathon for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

OTTO 1210 Market Street, Lynnfield
NOW ACCEPTING NEW FUNDRAISER BOOKINGS! Send some info about your organization! contactus@ottoportland.com!

Please consider supporting these organizations by stopping by OTTO during their events. A percentage of each purchase will go directly to the organization. It’s a great opportunity to eat an entire pizza without the guilt!