WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Straw Hat Pizza, the original California Pizza since 1959, announced plans to open several new franchised locations in California in the first quarter of 2011.  Alameda, Chatsworth, Livermore, Sacramento, San Jose, San Pablo and Vallejo will each boast a new Straw Hat Pizza restaurant in early 2011.

The seven new locations opening in the coming months include:  Alameda Straw Hat Pizza will open at 901 Marina Village Parkway and be operated by franchisees Varun and Mitul Limbachiya; Gary and Harminder Toor will open in Chatsworth at 21515 Devonshire Street, and Prem Dhoot, franchisee who recently opened Straw Hat Pizza Walnut Creek, will open a new location in Livermore; Straw Hat Pizza’s corporate location will open at 3327 Watt Avenue in Sacramento, and franchisee Sanjay Agarwal will open Straw Hat Pizza at 81 Curtner Avenue in San Jose.   Franchisees Raj and Pradeep Pal will open and operate the San Pablo Straw Hat Pizza restaurant at 2300 El Portal Drive, and franchisee Navin Patel will operate the Vallejo Straw Hat Pizza at 3780 Sonoma Blvd.

“We are excited about the rapid growth of our 50 year old Straw Hat Pizza brand,” said Jonathan Fornaci, president, Straw Hat Pizza.  “Our new locations will feature the newest look and we are thrilled to debut the new generation of Straw Hat in several markets,” he said. Our new Straw Hat Pizza locations will each feature colorful wall murals depicting the 50 year old pizza brand’s history and its California heritage.  

Straw Hat Pizza has been making waves and fresh genuine California pizza since 1959.  With a layered, crispy crust, the freshest toppings, zesty sauce made from fresh tomatoes, and their own blend of six California naturally aged cheeses, it tastes just like those served along California’s sunny coastline. For 50 years Straw Hat has used only fresh local ingredients.  It’s not a trend; it’s a history as genuine as their California pizza.

Straw Hat Pizza has opened several new California locations in recent months in Walnut Creek, Fairfield, Fresno, and Apple Valley. Besides the new California locations, the 50 year old company is growing with new locations opening in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Montana, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Growth plans to reach 150 locations within two years.   For more information please visit:   www.strawhatpizza.com

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