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Blaze Pizza

January 07, 2016 08:00 ET

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza to Open Second Tallahassee, FL Location

Interactive Build-Your-Own Pizza Concept Will Debut on W. Tennessee St. This February

TALLAHASSEE, FL--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2016) - Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the fast casual artisanal pizza concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, announced today the opening of its second Tallahassee location in late February 2016. The new restaurant will be located at 1670 W. Tennessee St., across from Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks. This marks the tenth location statewide and the second in Florida's capital city.

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 around $8. The generously-sized 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.

"Blaze Pizza offers Tallahassee students, professionals and families a quick and delicious dining experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. Our custom-built, 11-inch pies are made from artisanal ingredients and priced to fit all budgets," said Dennis Sherer, Managing Partner for Blaze Pizza in North Central Florida. "We look forward to continued growth throughout the Sunshine State."

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 Tallahasee restaurant will also offer a selection of wines and craft beers.

The authenticity of Blaze Pizza, along with its culture that genuinely focuses on the happiness of their guests and crew, has been the key to the concept's popularity and expansion. Blaze's close attention to detail extends well beyond the food, as seen by its carefully considered, modern approach to restaurant design. Award-winning design architect Ana Henton is adding several unique, modern touches to the new Tallahasee location, including an oversized wall mural, which includes the Unconquered Statue, featuring Chief Osceaola on horse Renegade, that pays homage to nearby Florida State University.

Driven by its commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet," the restaurant will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials, uses eco-friendly packaging and features energy-efficient LED lighting. The 2,700 square foot interior will include seating for 65 inside and an additional 50+ seats on an outdoor patio.

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 105 restaurants in 25 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.

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