Sometimes, in order to grow, brands have to first contract.
After years of a successful business partnership in Cincinnati, Catch-a-Fire Pizza will discontinue operations inside of MadTree Brewing’s Oakley Taproom location on January 1. Catch-a-Fire Pizza and MadTree Brewing have been working together since they both opened in early 2013, when Catch-a-Fire parked their food truck at MadTree’s location on Kennedy Avenue. Ten years later, both companies have decided to take the opportunity to expand their brands by going their separate ways. Next on the agenda for Catch-a-Fire: a return to mobile catering in 2024.
“We are thankful for the many years we were able to provide our guests with some of the best pizza and beer in the city,” said Jeff Ledford, co-owner of Catch-a-Fire Pizza. “We know how much people have appreciated having our food inside MadTree’s taproom.”
In recent years, Catch-a-Fire Pizza and MadTree Brewing have successfully opened their own respective restaurant locations, including Catch-a-Fire’s locations in Blue Ash and Lebanon. With MadTree Brewing’s expansion, their management team made the decision not to renew Catch-a-Fire Pizza’s lease as they look forward to owning and operating the foodservice inside their Oakley taproom.
“We have had a great partnership with MadTree over the years,” said Melissa Ledford, co-owner of Catch-a-Fire Pizza. “We believe that both companies have benefited and will continue to thrive in serving great food and beverages to our communities.” Jeff Ledford added, “We want to thank all of our guests for supporting us at our Oakley location over the years. Many of our guests have been regulars since our food truck days, and we appreciate all of the good times and the memories.”
Along with their Blue Ash and Lebanon locations, Catch-a-Fire Pizza also has plans to expand their brand to additional locations in the Cincinnati area as the next phase of growth for their company. With 10 years of experience and a team of over 100, Catch-a-Fire has created a reputable brand and a strong company culture, offering full-time team members health insurance, paid time off and a retirement plan as well as additional company perks. The Catch-a-Fire management team plans to release more news about their local expansion soon.
Meanwhile, as part of their growth, Catch-a-Fire will go back to their roots by offering mobile catering in 2024. “We have been professional caterers for 10 years,” Melissa Ledford said. “We are passionate about catering private events, and it is a big part of what we do well.” Catch-a-Fire’s catering menu features their specialty wood-fired pizzas, but also includes party packages such as Italian pastas and salads, Latin fiestas, BBQ, wood-fired steaks and seafood.
Catch–a-Fire Pizza’s Blue Ash and Lebanon locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.