Organic, eco-friendly restaurant chain to open Broward County's first LEED certified restaurant in Weston
December 20, 2007 // Franchising.com // Weston, Fla.,– Pizza Fusion (www.pizzafusion.com), America's greenest restaurant, will open Broward County's first LEED certified restaurant (http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/Project/RegisteredProjectListDetail.aspx?ID=10150767) in Weston at 2378 Weston Rd. in mid-January; followed by the opening of their Palm Beach Gardens location, which is Florida's first ever LEED certified restaurant. Entrepreneur Kris Adam is the franchisee behind Pizza Fusion's new Weston location.
"Weston's organic hungry, eco-centric demographics are a great fit with Pizza Fusion's socially conscious practices," Kris Adam states. "It's an honor to have the opportunity to lead Broward County on the path to becoming a more environmentally friendly place to live. The opportunity to bring a healthy, gourmet restaurant to Weston's diverse dining culture is one that I could not pass up. Furthermore, it's very exciting to bring the first LEED certified restaurant to Broward County."
Pizza Fusion, whose motto is 'Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time,' serves a gourmet, organic menu of pizza, focaccia sandwiches, wraps, desserts, beer and wine. They also offer health conscious alternatives for people with selective diets and food allergies, including gluten-free, vegan and lactose-free options. Taking the lead in the environmentally sustainable restaurant sector, Pizza Fusion practices an eco-friendly approach to their entire existence, including their restaurants' buildout, service and overall operations. Currently, the company has over 60 LEED certified restaurants opening in eight states across the U.S., including California, Nevada, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia and Florida.
"We're very excited to expand our presence in our own backyard of South Florida. We can only hope that our expansion will move our communities toward more environmentally friendly practices," Vaughan Lazar, co-founder and CEO of Pizza Fusion, explains. "We feel great about bringing Kris on board with Pizza Fusion and are confident in his ability to provide Weston with an organic, socially conscious restaurant that promotes healthful living."
Kris Adam has lived in South Florida for over 10 years. Prior to Pizza Fusion, Kris worked was as a District Manager for Foot Locker where he oversaw the openings and operations of more than 20 stores. Most recently, Kris worked in sales and management at Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach. In his off time, Kris enjoys taking in the outdoors with his three-year-old son.
About LEED Certification
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, established by the United States Green Building Council, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings' performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
About Pizza Fusion
Founded in February of 2006, Pizza Fusion leads a new niche market by combining an eclectic organic menu with a detail-oriented environmental business approach in chic LEED certified fast casual environments. Pizza Fusion serves gourmet pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, salads, desserts, beers, wines and more in their purest form - untainted by artificial additives, such as sweeteners, pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. For additional information, visit: www.pizzafusion.com.