PizzaRev announced today that respected restaurant developers David Jones and Doug Tieber have committed to expanding the fast-casual “Craft Your Own” pizza chain throughout the St. Louis, Mo. and Austin, Texas markets.
Operating under the PizzaPeel franchise group, Jones and Tieber signed an agreement to open four PizzaRev restaurants in Austin, Texas and three additional in St. Louis, Mo. with rights to further develop both of the regions. They currently operate 17 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants with another under construction.
“We explored nearly every fast-casual pizza franchise opportunity and PizzaRev was simply the most impressive,” said Jones. “Great food and service is always a must, but the company’s leadership and solid business model sold us.”
PizzaRev franchise locations are already under development in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Orange County, Calif., San Diego, Lincoln, Neb., Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD. Meanwhile, the company plans to open at least 10 corporate stores in California to add to the eight PizzaRev restaurants currently operating in the greater Los Angeles region.
“David and Doug are high-caliber restaurant operators, and their investment in PizzaRev is a true testament to the bright future of our brand,” said Irv Zuckerman, co-CEO of PizzaRev. “We will continue to open a healthy blend of corporate and franchise locations because we are committed to rolling out only successfully tested programs to our franchise partners.”
PizzaRev is a Los Angeles-based fast casual pizza chain that has re-invented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests participate in an interactive dining experience where they craft their own pizzas choosing from a wide variety of high-quality ingredients, in any amount, for one price. PizzaRev fires its pizzas in a stone-hearth oven which produces a delicious, crispy Roman-style thin pizza in just three minutes.
PizzaRev was founded in 2012 by longtime entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, who bring Fortune 500 executive operating experience along with their management team of highly experienced and long-tenured restaurant operators. PizzaRev announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings last year, and Buffalo Wild Wings will open the first two PizzaRev franchise locations in the second quarter of 2014. The company currently operates eight restaurants and will open new corporate locations in Pasadena, Koreatown LA, and Valencia, Calif. in 2014.