Pizza Fusion Expands in Palm Beach County with Opening of New Wellington Restaurant

Organic, socially conscious restaurant chain to open second LEED certified restaurant in Palm Beach County this Friday, featuring Organic Beer and Wine Bar
August 06, 2008 // Franchising.com // Wellington, Fla., – Pizza Fusion (www.pizzafusion.com), America's most environmentally sustainable restaurant, will open the second LEED Certified restaurant in Palm Beach County (fourth in Fla.) in Wellington at 10160 Forest Hill Blvd., Unit G130, Wellington, FL 33414 this Friday. The new restaurant will offer the area's first organic beer and wine bar, featuring a diverse selection of organic beer on tap and in the bottle, as well as a number of organic wines. Anja Eckbo and James Angel are the eco-entrepreneurs behind Pizza Fusion's new Wellington location.

"Running a business that embraces our socially conscious values will be a very rewarding experience," James states. "We're very excited to introduce Wellington to Pizza Fusion. Pizza Fusion's delicious, organic menu will be a great addition to city's booming restaurant scene."

Pizza Fusion, whose motto is 'Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time,' serves a gourmet, organic menu of pizza, ciabatta 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 75 restaurants built to LEED certification standards opening in 15 states around the country, from California to New Jersey.

"We're thrilled to be furthering our reach across the South Florida market and look forward to Anja and James embracing the socially conscious residents of Wellington," Vaughan Lazar, co-founder and CEO of Pizza Fusion, explains. "As South Florida continues to support eco-friendly businesses and demand the quality and taste of handcrafted, organic food, we're pleased to exceed their expectations time and again while setting the standard for 'green' business practices as the most environmentally sustainable restaurant in America."

Pizza Fusion is the only restaurant chain in the world to build all their restaurants to LEED certification standards. Their restaurants feature a number of unique, eco-efficient products, techniques and designs, such as eliminating the need for water heaters by reusing waste heat from their ovens to warm their water. Other eco-friendly elements and initiatives include using only energy star certified appliances whenever possible, countertops made from glass bottles recovered from their current locations, organic cotton employee uniforms, bamboo flooring, 30% recaptured industrial concrete, ceiling panels made from 74% recycled aluminum cans and 24% post industrial metals, USG Gypsum Board made from pre-used drywall, insulation made from recycled blue jeans, ceiling baffles made from recycled composite board, low voltage and low heat lighting, furniture made from reclaimed wood, 100 percent post consumer paper towels and toilet paper, and much more. Additionally, Pizza Fusion delivers all their food in company owned hybrid vehicles and offsets 100 percent of their power consumption with the purchase of green-e certified renewable wind energy certificates.

Pizza Fusion was recently featured on the Sundance Channel's ECO BIZ series for their industry leading approach to environmentally sound restaurant operations and service. ECO BIZ profiles a diverse mix of individuals and companies that have demonstrated a firm commitment to the environment through their outstanding vision or strategic innovation developing eco-friendly business practices. To view Pizza Fusion's segment that aired on ECO BIZ, visit: http://www.sundancechannel.com/player/#/210319416/230319659.

About LEED Certification

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ 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 the best interest of society and the environment, Pizza Fusion combines an eclectic, organic menu with an industry-leading environmental approach to restaurant service in chic LEED certified dining destinations. Pizza Fusion, whose motto is 'saving the Earth, one pizza at a time,' specializes in gourmet pizzas, ciabatta sandwiches, salads, desserts, beers, wines and more in their purest form - untainted by artificial additives, such as pesticides, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. Additionally, Pizza Fusion caters to the needs of selective diets with gluten-free, vegan, casein-free and lactose-free menu items. With 75 franchises already in development in 14 states, Pizza Fusion is well on its way to redefining the restaurant industry. For additional information, visit: www.pizzafusion.com.

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