Around noon Friday, when Coldplay officially decided to postpone their concert at NRG Stadium, Raed "Ray" Salti's pizza chain got a phone request: Could Pepperoni's send over 100 pizzas to the Westin Galleria Hotel around 5 pm for the band and its crew?
Salti's son, Andrew, delivered a van load of 8-inch pizzas from the chain's Montrose and Medical Center-area locations — 25 Quattro Fromagio, 25 Classic Veggie and 50 "All The Meats" versions — to the hotel.
Ray Salti, who also owns Bollo Woodfired Pizza, says it wasn't the chain's largest delivery ever. "We get up to 500 large pizzas to a school every once in a while," he texted. But it surely was one of the most fun deliveries.
He hopes to have as many of the Houston area's Pepperoni's locations open as possible this weekend, but it depends on whether his employees can get safely to work, he said.
Coldplay has a bit of pizza history. The band has been known to treat fans waiting in line in the cold for concert tickets with free pizza. And a raucous unauthorized music video for the Coldplay song "Fix You" on YouTube asks, "What happens when a roommate goes too far and has the last slice of pizza?"
In a tweet earlier on Friday, the band expressed its disappointment in canceling the Houston concert and plans to reschedule it at a later date.