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Blaze Pizza

October 21, 2015 12:14 ET

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza to Open Two New Los Angeles Area Locations

"Build-Your-Own" Artisanal Pizza Restaurant Set to Open Locations in Cerritos and Whittier in November

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2015) - 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 new Los Angeles area locations, in Cerritos and Whittier, this November. The Cerritos location, which will feature a 2,400 square foot interior with seating for 50 inside and an outdoor patio, is located at 11263 183rd St., near Buffalo Wild Wings. The Whittier location, which will feature a 2,500 square foot interior with seating for 40 inside and an outdoor patio, is located at 13582 Whittier Blvd., near Yogurtland and Chili's.

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. Restaurants make their 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. Both new Los Angeles restaurants will also feature a selection of wine and craft beer.

To create the perfect vibe inside the new restaurants, award-winning design architect Ana Henton has added several unique, modern touches, including oversized wall graphics custom-built to suit each space. Additionally, in support of the company's commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet," the Cerritos and Whittier restaurants will use both recycled and sustainable materials and energy-efficient LED lighting, and will feature eco-friendly, compostable packaging.

"At Blaze, we're all about creating an engaging dining experience where guests can enjoy artisanal pizza that's both fast and affordable," said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. "The authenticity of our food, plus a service culture that genuinely focuses on the happiness of our guests and crew -- have been key to our popularity and expansion."

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

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 89 restaurants in 21 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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