The Craft Beer Authority Brings Its World Class Craft Beer and Crave-able Menu – Along With a Good Cause – to Lawrence Residents This August
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, an energetic and welcoming full service restaurant known for its world class beer list full of local and regional craft beer offerings, combined with its delicious, hand crafted pizza and taproom fare, will open its newest location at 545 Wakarusa Dr., Lawrence, KS 66049 on August 29th. This store opening will be the 11th Old Chicago in Kansas, and the 108th location nationwide.
Guests can order five hand-crafted dough options, including Chicago Thick, a Tavern Thin, an Original Deep Dish, a Gluten Free crust, and an Ale-Infused dough that highlight the eleven specialty pizzas on the menu. Famous taproom starters such as the Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls, and the one-of-a-kind Italian Nachos will also be sure to delight guests in Lawrence. With over 40 draft beers available, more than 90 craft beers available on the menu and a beer expert always on staff, The Craft Beer Authority has something for everyone!
One restaurant staple that will not be on the menu is their strong commitment to giving back to the community. Old Chicago Lawrence has partnered with the O’Brate Foundation, where they will be donating proceeds from the pre-opening events on August 26th and August 27th to the local nonprofit. Representatives from the O’Brate Foundation will be on-site to help raise charitable contributions. In addition, from 8/29/18 to 9/23/18, Old Chicago will donate $1 from every Chicago 7 Pizza sold to add to the O’Brate Foundation donation total.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Old Chicago family; we are excited to open our fourth Old Chicago location and bring the Craft Beer Authority to Lawrence,” says Amro Samy, Owner of Samys Enterprises, a franchisee group with Old Chicago locations in Garden City, Manhattan, and Liberal, Kansas, and plans to open another location in Salina, Kansas. “We know our guests will love our Mini Tours, Explorer Series, and discovering new and unique local and regional Kansas beers, or enjoying their local favorite! We think our guests in Lawrence will enjoy the great food, beer, and crafted experience of Old Chicago.”
Mark A. Belanger, CFE, President of Global Franchise Development for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., operating company of Old Chicago is excited about the franchise growth. “We are thrilled to be working closely with our franchise partners as they open additional OC restaurants. As we execute on our strategic growth plan, we will continue to seek strong franchisees as a vital component in further OC national expansion in 2018 and beyond,” states Belanger.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (Old Chicago) is a traditional, casual dining restaurant specializing in Chicago-style pizzas, taproom classics and craft beer. Founded in 1976, Old Chicago operates in 24 states with more than 100 restaurants. A top loyalty brand in the U.S., award winning and voted Best Franchise to buy in 2018 by Franchise Times. With over 30 craft beers on tap, Old Chicago is also the home of the World Beer Tour, which rewards members for enjoying 110 of the best craft beers from across the globe. Visit www.oldchicago.com to learn more and to find the restaurant nearest you. For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. is the largest craft brewery restaurant operator in the country with nearly 200 franchised and company-owned restaurants primarily operating under the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants and Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries brands. As a leader in the craft beer focused casual dining segment, CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, and employs nearly 10,000 people throughout the U.S. All of CraftWorks’ restaurant brands have innovative menus with made-from-scratch food and a vast selection of unique craft beer, as well as unbeatable service and loyalty programs with over a half- million active members. Based in Broomfield, Colo., CraftWorks is not only committed to serving its loyal guests, but also the communities in which its restaurants operate. The CraftWorks Foundation has contributed millions of dollars, positively impacting communities throughout the country. For additional information about CraftWorks, the Foundation, and its restaurant brands, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.
Established in 2012, the O’Brate Foundation’s mission is to “Bridge the Gap” and strive to improve the chance for success of Kansas youth ages 17-25. They do this by providing opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Kansas by assisting with emergency needs, providing educational scholarships to deserving youth, and addressing specific stumbling blocks lying in their path on the road to success. For additional information about the O’Brate Foundation, please visit www.obratefoundation.org.