Neapolitan Pizza Chain to Spin Out West

“Craig Hofman will be Spin’s first franchisee and plans to develop 35 restaurants in southern California. Hofman also has 15 Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ locations in California, Arizona and Nevada, according to the Kansas City Star. ‘Concepts usually come out of California or New York, so it’s kind of interesting to pull something out of Kansas City and have it go west,’ Hofman said. ‘It’s a great concept, great pizzas and salads and a fast-casual approach.’ Hofman was looking to expand and heard about Spin about a year ago when it was featured as an ‘up-and-coming’ restaurant concept in a trade magazine, Nation’s Restaurant News.”

“Gail and Richard Lozoff, and Edwin Brownell, opened their first Spin in Overland Park in 2005 and now have locations in Lee’s Summit, Olathe, Overland Park and south of the Country Club Plaza. A Lenexa location is to open in May, and another is planned for Prairie Village in late 2012 or early 2013. The partners also are looking for other franchisees. ‘We felt like we were ready to go out of the market and look for a partner we felt like we could trust,’ said Gail Lozoff. ‘We’re just really impressed by the quality of (Hofman’s) operations and culture — employee-oriented, guest-oriented, relationship-oriented. And the quality of his service and attention to detail is very similar to how we like to run our restaurants.”’


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