Blaze Pizza (http://www.blazepizza.com/), located at 7122 W. Cermak Rd, celebrated a ribbon cutting in conjunction with the City of Berwyn and the Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) on August 10. Blaze Pizza serves fast-fire'd custom built artisanal pizzas.
Blaze Pizza, the new pizza chain backed by basketball superstar Lebron James, is the third tenant to open in Berwyn Gateway Plaza Phase II. The second phase of Berwyn Gateway Plaza, between Maple and Wisconsin Avenues, started off strong this year with the opening of Starbucks. An existing Fifth Third bank was moved to a new building on the east end of the block. More units are currently under construction with full development anticipated to be completed by the beginning of 2017.
Since its first restaurant debuted in 2012, Blaze has quickly become one of the nation's hottest restaurant concepts, with fans lining up each day for the custom-built pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies. Inspired by the assembly line you see at Chipotle, the pizzas are made fresh in front of customers' eyes. The concept is simple: You pick your crust, sauce, cheese and toppings, and your pie is popped into a blazing-hot oven for a mere 180 seconds. Employees make the dough by hand and allow it to rise for 24 hours before serving. Then, customers build their own pizzas, picking from seven cheeses, eight proteins, 20 vegetables and three sauces. The pies are placed in an extremely hot stone-hearth oven, which takes just three minutes to cook the pie. A standard pie costs between $5 - $8, depending on the toppings, which include unlimited toppings at no extra charge.
Blaze Pizza Franchise Partner Adam Cummis commented, "This is the 151st store location for Blaze Pizza. The dough is made fresh in-house daily, the pizza cooks in about 180 seconds, there are 40 different ingredients to choose from and it's all for about $8. We do offer a robust fundraising program and our student certificates have really been a boon to the community. Keeping kids in school and keeping them motivated is something Blaze wants to be known for."
Blaze's obsessive attention to detail extends well beyond the food, with a carefully considered, modern approach to restaurant design. The 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 fresh, artisanal ingredients – all for about $8. The new Berwyn restaurant also features a selection of wine and local craft brews.
"I'd like to welcome another great business to the Berwyn Gateway Plaza. We applaud Blaze Pizza's fundraising program that rewards students for academic improvement and performance. This stimulates not only growth within our schools but also within our economy and city," remarked BDC Board President Jousef Mondragon.
Mayor Robert J. Lovero commented, "Blaze Pizza brings something new and different to the community. It is a welcome addition to the City of Berwyn and we wish you great success!"
To celebrate the grand opening of its Berwyn location, the restaurant offered FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Tuesday, August 9 to anyone who followed Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The store gave away over 1,200 pies.
Blaze has been one of the fastest growing franchises in recent years. Sales tripled in 2015 compared to its previous year. The number of stores has grown from 50 units in 2014 to 105 at the end of 2015. They plan to have 210 locations online by March of 2017.
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 leading fast-casual pizza chain in the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, Blaze Pizza is building momentum and developing a cult following as it expands across the country. The company currently operates 148 restaurants in 31 states and Canada.
Blaze Pizza is open Sunday through Saturday 11AM-10PM.
For details on the ribbon cutting at Blaze Pizza, call the BDC at 708-788-8100.
About the Berwyn Development Corporation
The Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC) markets Berwyn regionally and nationally as a prime business and leisure destination. We are here to promote Berwyn's energy and culture to visitors and residents and to create unique development opportunities for business. The BDCis a public-private partnership with the City of Berwyn that provides economic development and Chamber of Commerce services to all segments of the Berwyn community. We are a not-for-profit membership organization that serves over 300 businesses and individuals. The BDC continually strives to develop new programs, services and events that promote the community. For more information, visit whyberwyn.com or follow the BDC at facebook.com/WhyBerwyn, twitter.com/WhyBerwyn and instagram.com/WhyBerwyn
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