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Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening of First Ohio Location

Free Pizzas for Blaze Pizza Fans on Saturday, May 10 at the New Mason, OH Restaurant

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza today announced that it will open its first Ohio location in Mason on Friday, May 9. To celebrate the grand opening, the new Mason Blaze Pizza will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook on Saturday, May 10, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The 90+ seat fast-casual restaurant is located at 9341 South Mason Montgomery Road (just south of the Deerfield Towne Center).

Blaze Pizza uses an interactive ordering format that allows guests to create their own custom artisanal pizzas at lightning fast speed -- each for just $6.95. The generously sized 11" 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" in less than 180 seconds. Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe that requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce its signature light-as-air, crisp crust. Blaze Pizza's menu also features signature salads, fresh lemonades, and house-made S'more Pies. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The restaurant also offers online ordering.

"Ohioans love pizza, but they really don't have a good way to enjoy a quality pie without the wait," said Brad Kent, Executive Chef of Blaze Pizza. "Blaze Pizza is all about letting folks enjoy custom-built artisanal pizzas at crazy fast speed. It's a concept I'm thrilled to lend my expertise to."

Blaze Pizza is being developed in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana by Blaze Midwest, a franchise group operating under the umbrella of Northland Investments. Blaze Midwest currently operates Blaze Pizzas in metro-Detroit (Novi and Royal Oak) and Indianapolis.

About Blaze Pizza
Founded in 2011 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, and includes the talents of highly acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Blaze Pizza currently operates restaurants in Southern California, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee. The company, which has been featured by MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Good Morning America, has a pipeline of nearly 250 restaurants being developed by 24 seasoned multi-unit franchisees. This year, Blaze Pizza plans to expand into 20 new markets including San Francisco, New York, Boston, Dallas, Miami and Washington DC. For more information, please visit www.blazepizza.com or www.facebook.com/blazepizza.

About Blaze Midwest, Inc.

Operating under the umbrella of Northland Investments, Blaze Midwest, Inc. and its sister companies Mariane, Inc., Bells & Birds, Great Lakes Dining and OC Michigan, own and operate a total of 43 quick serve, three Fast Casual and 13 casual dining restaurants spanning three Midwest states including Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Formed in 1987, Northland Investments now employs nearly 1,800 team members at its Yum! Brands locations and its sister casual dining concepts, T.G.I. Friday's and Old Chicago.

Blaze Pizza - Mason, OH
9341 Mason-Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040

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

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