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Blaze Pizza

April 14, 2016 13:30 ET

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza to Open First Fort Worth and The Colony Locations in June

"Build-Your-Own" Artisanal Pizza Restaurants to Feature Unlimited Toppings, Craft Beer, Outdoor Patio

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 14, 2016) - Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the fast-casual concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, today announced that it will soon open two more Dallas-Fort Worth area locations in Fort Worth and The Colony. The Fort Worth restaurant, which is conveniently located in Waterside Shopping Center (5925 Convair Dr.), will have a 2,800-square-foot-interior with seating for 75 inside and an additional 25 seats on an outdoor patio. The Colony location (5050 State Hwy 121) also features a 2,800-square-foot-interior with 65 seats inside and another 25 seats on the outdoor patio. Blaze Pizza debuted in Texas in May 2015 at Frisco's Center at Preston Ridge (3311 Preston Road), followed by three additional locations in 2015: Sugarland (16100 Kensington Dr.) in July, Houston (Woodlake Square, 9650 Westheimer Rd.) in August and Austin (14009 N. Research Blvd. at Lakeline Commons) in December. A fifth location opened in Arlington (841 E. Lamar Blvd.) in February 2016.

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" that has been inspiring excitement and cultivating fanatics for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies since it opened its first location in 2012. 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 selection of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients -- all for under $8 with unlimited toppings. The generously-sized 11" 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 restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed 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. The new DFW-area restaurants will also feature a selection of Texas craft beers from Community Beer Co. and (512) Brewing Co.

In support of the company's commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet," the new restaurant will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials, use energy-efficient LED lighting, and will feature eco-friendly, compostable packaging.

"We're taking pizza back to its roots. By making dough in-house, carefully sourcing ingredients, and cooking by fire, we're giving guests a great way to enjoy artisanal pizza without the wait," says Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. "We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our food and creating a sustainable, engaging and exciting atmosphere for our guests."

Blaze is looking forward to building strong roots within the community, offering a spot where guests can connect, create and enjoy. To that end, the restaurant promotes a turnkey fundraiser program that returns 20 percent of an event's proceeds back to the organization, helping schools, sports clubs and other local groups "cause a scene for a good cause."

"We've loved working in the DFW area, meeting community groups and helping to 'fire up' their fundraising programs," said Brian Kelley, Managing Partner of Saddles Blazin, LLC, a Blaze Pizza franchisee operating in Texas and Louisiana. "We know Blaze will be a favorite among locals with our high-quality ingredients, eco-friendly culture, and commitment to Texas craft beer."

Blaze is currently seeking friendly and passionate workers to join its team. For more information about employment opportunities, please visit saddlesblazin.com.

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 No. 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 124 restaurants in 28 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas, Las Vegas 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, Patrick Schwarzenegger, 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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