West Coast-Based Quick-Fired Pizza Brand Offers Entrepreneurs a Piece of the Pie Via Franchising
Blast 825 Pizza, part of Milano Restaurants which includes Me-n-Ed’s Pizzerias and other iconic brands, announced today they will launch the quick-fired pizza restaurant as a franchise opportunity. California-based Blast 825 Pizza is the newest in quick-fired pizza brands, a specialized segment of the fast casual industry that’s experiencing a surge of popularity nationwide. Interest in quick-fired pizza is on the upswing and the brand is now offering franchising opportunities to qualified candidates in target markets that include California, Nevada, Arizona and Texas.
Blast 825 Pizza opened in 2013 with the goal of allowing customers to become pizza architects rather than simply bystanders. With digital menu boards, a signature 18-foot toppings bar filled with high quality ingredients and a selection of sauces and crusts handmade daily, Blast 825 Pizza guests are interactive participants in the pizza-making process from beginning to end. The experience of individualizing pizzas ensures that each and every guest is satisfied, no matter their pizza preference, thanks to the huge variety of distinctive toppings such as spicy pepperoni, linguica, artichokes, vegetables roasted in-house, and finishing sauces like pesto, BBQ, and infused olive oil. Once a guest “crustomizes” their pie to perfection, it’s placed into a sizzling 825 super oven for three minutes, quick firing and sealing the flavors to create a delicious, crispy work of pizza art providing nearly immediate gratification. To top it off, Blast 825 Pizza has 15 finishing spice blends to further enhance each creation.
“The quick-fired pizza concept is a new and niche market in the fast-casual dining space, and we realized there was pent up demand for it,” said John Ferdinandi, CEO of Milano Restaurants, parent company of Blast 825 Pizza. “Our Blast 825 Pizza restaurants in California saw such great success and loyal following that we wanted to expand and franchising is the perfect vehicle. Beginning today, entrepreneurs nationwide can get a piece of our financially attractive pie.”
Blast 825 Pizza opened its first restaurant in Clovis, Calif. in mid-2013. A second restaurant in Roseville, Calif. opened last month and four more locations are in development projected to open in California through Spring 2015.
In addition to build-your-own pizzas, Blast 825 Pizza offers a variety of menu options including signature specialty pizzas, such as BBQ Applewood Chicken Pizza, Island Blast Pizza and other seasonal pizzas. Signature salad options are also available, like Cranberry Chicken Salad and Asian Chicken Salad that, like the pizzas, guests can customize with a wide range of gourmet toppings. Dine-in customers can also choose from local microbrews and other fresh beverages, including the signature “Blast-ade” made daily with fresh lemons and strawberries. Blast 825 Pizza offers mouthwatering desserts, including the Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie and Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Sandwich.
To fuel the growth for Blast 825 Pizza, the company is seeking multi-unit operators with business, management and foodservice and/or restaurant experience. Franchisee candidates should have a passion for and commitment to exceptional customer service, as well as a minimum net worth of $500,000.
Founded in 2013, Blast 825 Pizza is a quick-fired pizza restaurant chain known for the 825 BLAST given to custom pizza art, creating pizza perfection in just three minutes. Guests create a personal 11″ pizza, choosing from 40 fresh toppings, four artisanal sauces and three types of hand-stretched dough, including gluten-free, to “crustomize” their perfect pie. Toppings on the signature 18-foot bar include spicy pepperoni, linguica, artichokes, and vegetables roasted in-house, with finishing sauces like pesto, BBQ, and infused olive oil. The brand currently has two locations open and four in development throughout California. Blast 825 Pizza is a division of parent company Milano Restaurants International Corporation, a restaurant management company headquartered in Fresno, Calif. For more information on Blast 825 Pizza, visit www.blast825pizza.com and for more information on Milano Restaurants, visit www.milano-ri.com.