Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Announces Grand Opening of New Restaurant at the University of Southern California



Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening of New Restaurant at the University of Southern CaliforniaFree Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans at New Los Angeles location on Friday, February 6

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening of New Restaurant at the University of Southern CaliforniaBlaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, the nation’s leading build-your-own pizza chain, announced today that it will open its 25th Southern California location, at the University of Southern California, on Thursday, February 5th. To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Friday, February 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, will be located on the University of Southern California’s campus at University Gateway (3335 South Figueroa Street), near CVS.

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. Each restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients – all for under $8. The generously-sized 11-inch 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 Los Angeles restaurant will also feature a selection of draught beer and wine on tap.

“Our mission at Blaze is really simple – we’re all about bringing the community a place where guests can connect, create and enjoy great pizza at crazy fast speed,” said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. “We believe this will be a game changer on campus.”

Additional Southern California restaurants in Eastvale, Orange and Rancho Cucamonga are scheduled to open in 2015.

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening of New Restaurant at the University of Southern CaliforniaThe first Blaze Pizza restaurant opened on August 6, 2012 in Irvine, CA, and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes and “build-your-own pizza” assembly-line format.  Described by Zagat as “One of 10 Innovative Restaurants in Los Angeles,” Blaze Pizza is developing a cult following as it expands across the U.S. The company currently operates restaurants in 15 states and the District of Columbia, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco 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.