Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Adds Third New York Location



Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Adds Third New York Location“Build-Your-Own” Artisanal Pizza Restaurant Set to Open in Schenectady in October

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 a new restaurant, in Schenectady. The highly anticipated opening is the third New York location for Blaze Pizza, which debuted in West Babylon’s Great Bay Shopping Center (1047 West Montauk Highway) in July 2014, followed by a second location in Bay Shore at the Westfield South Shore Mall (1701 Sunrise Highway), in January. The thoughtfully designed restaurant, which will feature a 2,400 square foot interior with seating for 50, will open in October in Schenectady’s Mohawk Commons Shopping Center (400 Balltown Rd.).

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. 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. 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 Schenectady restaurant will also feature a selection of wine and craft beer.

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Adds Third New York LocationTo create the perfect vibe inside the Schenectady restaurant, award-winning design architect Ana Henton has added several unique, modern touches, including an oversized wall graphic custom-built to suit the space. Additionally, in support of the company’s commitment to “Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet”, the Schenectady restaurant 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 restaurant is looking forward to building strong roots within the Schenectady community, offering a spot where guests can connect, create and enjoy. To that end, the restaurant promotes a turn-key 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”.


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 74 restaurants in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, 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.