Fast-Casual, Build-Your-Own Pizza Concept to Open on Scottsville Road This May
BOWLING GREEN, KY--(Marketwired - Feb 29, 2016) - Calling all Hilltoppers, Corvette fans and history buffs! Buckle up, Bowling Green is about to get blazing hot. Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announced today that it will open its first Bowling Green location in May 2016. The fast-casual, artisanal pizza concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants will be located on Scottsville Road near Greenwood Mall and Starbucks. This marks the fourth Blaze Pizza in the Bluegrass State.
The modern day "pizza joint" 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 around $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.
"Blaze Pizza is thrilled to expand to yet another thriving and charismatic city in the Commonwealth," said Mike Niznik, Operating Partner for Blaze Pizza in Bowling Green. "Now even more Kentuckians will be able to enjoy the high-quality, modern and fast pizza experience that Blaze offers its guests. Our one-of-a-kind, interactive pizza concept is a much-needed addition to Bowling Green's dining scene."
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 Bowling Green restaurant will also offer a selection of wine and craft beers.
The authenticity of Blaze Pizza, along with its culture that genuinely focuses on the happiness of its guests and crew, has been the key to the concept's popularity and expansion. Blaze's close attention to detail extends well beyond the food, as seen by its carefully considered, modern approach to restaurant design. Award-winning design architect Ana Henton is adding several unique, modern touches to the Bowling Green location, including an oversized wall mural custom designed to suit the space.
Driven by its commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet," the restaurant will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials, use eco-friendly packaging and feature energy-efficient LED lighting. The 3500 square foot interior will include seating for more than 90 inside and an additional 25 seats on an outdoor patio.
The new Bowling Green Blaze Pizza will be operated by Millennial Restaurant Group, which continues to develop the concept throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. 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 112 restaurants in 27 states and Canada, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, 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, Patrick Schwarzenegger, 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
Rachel Bledsoe Albritton