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Blaze Pizza

February 16, 2016 09:00 ET

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening of First Arlington, TX Restaurant

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans in Parkway Central Shopping Center on Friday, February 19

ARLINGTON, TX--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2016) - Arlington is heating up with the opening of Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza. The fast-casual artisanal pizza concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, will officially open its doors in Arlington's Parkway Central Shopping Center on Thursday, February 18th. To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will offer FREE build-your-own pizzas on Friday, February 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Additionally, guests will enjoy entertainment provided by Lone Star Bottle Band and prize giveaways.

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" serving up high-quality pizzas that are both fast and affordable. Since its first restaurant debuted in 2012, Blaze has quickly become one of the nation's hottest restaurant concepts, with fans lining up each day for the custom-built pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies. Each restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu's signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide array of artisanal toppings -- all for around $8. The generously-sized 11-inch personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven -- the centerpiece of the restaurant -- where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire'd and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.

Each Blaze restaurant makes its own pizza dough from scratch daily using a recipe developed by Blaze Pizza's Executive Chef Bradford Kent ("The Pizza Whisperer"), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

"Great pizza starts with great dough," said Chef Kent. "That's why we make our dough from scratch in-house daily. No frozen dough, preservatives or dough conditioners -- EVER. Just a few simple ingredients and a mixer."

Local craft beers will be poured on tap, including (512) Pecan Porter, (512) Pale Ale, Community Public Pale Ale and Community WIT.

The restaurant will also partner with local schools, sports clubs, nonprofits and other community organizations to host fundraising events at Blaze, donating 20 percent of an event's proceeds back to local groups.

"We couldn't be more excited to introduce Arlington to Blaze," said Brian Kelley, Managing Partner of Saddles Blazin LLC, a Blaze Pizza franchisee. "By providing fast-fire'd artisanal pizza, local craft beer, and an inclusive fundraising program, we know residents will soon come to know, and love, Blaze."

The opening of the Arlington restaurant marks the fifth Blaze Pizza location in Texas. Blaze debuted in the Lone Star State in May 2015 with the opening of the Frisco location (3311 Preston Rd., near Stonebriar Centre). Also opening in 2015 were locations in Sugar Land (16100 Kensington Dr.), Houston (Woodlake Square, 9650 Westheimer Rd.) and Austin (14009 N. Research Blvd., near Lakeline Mall).

WHAT:
Blaze Pizza's Grand Opening and "Free Pizza Day"
One free pizza per person on Friday, February 19 for guests who follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

WHEN:
Opening Day: Thursday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Free Pizza Day: Friday, February 19
Ribbon Cutting at 10 a.m.
Free pizza served 10:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Musical entertainment by Lone Star Bottle Band from 1-5 p.m.

WHO:
Arlington Community

WHERE:
Blaze Pizza Arlington
Parkway Central Shopping Center (next to Whole Foods)
841 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 522-1230

Blaze Pizza is calling all pizzasmiths in the greater Arlington area to join their team. Submit an application for crew and shift manager online at www.saddlesblazin.com/careers.html.

Blaze Pizza will be open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

About Blaze Pizza
The first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes, thoughtful interior design, and a service culture that celebrates individuality. Now ranked as the overall #2 fast-casual brand in FastCasual.com's annual Top 100 list, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult-like following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 110 restaurants in 27 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas and Washington D.C. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please visit blazepizza.com and facebook.com/blazepizza or click here to view a company video.

Blaze Pizza®, Fast-Fire'd®, the horizontal logo design, and the proprietary names "Pizzasmith", "Intelligent Choices For Our Pizzas, People & Planet" and related trademarks are the property of Blaze Pizza LLC.

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