TALLAHASSEE, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2015) - There's no debate necessary; residents in the sunshine state's capital will soon find bi-partisan consensus when Blaze Pizza opens its doors this fall. The nation's leading build-your-own pizza concept announced today that the first Tallahassee location will soon open at 216 N. Magnolia Drive, next to the Tallahassee Ford Lincoln dealership. This will be the eighth location in the state of Florida.

Blaze Pizza offers a totally new take on one of America's favorite foods. Unlike traditional pizza chains, Blaze features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to create their own pizza, choosing as many toppings as they like from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients -- all for under $8. The generously-sized 11-inch pizzas are then sent to the blazing hot oven where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are "fast-fire'd" and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Blaze Pizza makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brad Kent ("The Pizza Whisperer"), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. Known for custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies, the restaurant's menu also accommodates guests with specific dietary needs by offering gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The new Blaze Pizza also offers a selection of wine and craft beer.

"We are so excited to be opening our first Tallahassee Blaze Pizza location this fall," said Laurie Ruggles, Operating Partner for Blaze Pizza in North Central Florida. "Blaze Pizza will be a great addition to this already thriving community, offering guests artisanal pizzas without the wait. We believe this will be a game changer."

Blaze's obsessive attention to detail extends well beyond the food, with a carefully considered, modern approach to restaurant design. Driven by its commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet," Blaze Pizza restaurants are constructed with recycled and sustainable materials, use eco-friendly packaging, and feature energy-efficient LED lighting. The new 2,700-square-foot Tallahassee restaurant will feature a thoughtfully designed interior, with seating for over 60 inside and an additional 50 seats on an outdoor patio. Additionally, many of the restaurant's unconventional design elements are inspired by the company's celebration of individual expression.

The Tallahassee Blaze Pizza is the tenth location for the Millennial Restaurant Group, which is developing the concept in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. The partnership consists of James Patterson Sr., Jim Patterson II, Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman, Wayne Albritton and Collins Cogan.

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 85 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.

Millennial Restaurant Group
10000 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40223

Blaze Pizza, LLC
35 N. Lake Ave, Suite 710
Pasadena, CA 91101

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