Pizza Fusion Restaurant Franchise Soon to Open Two Locations in Tampa, Florida

"Best Pizza" Winner and All-Natural Pizza Restaurant Franchise Opening in Two Locations in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Natural and eco-friendly pizza restaurant franchise and 2010 Hot Concept Winner, Pizza Fusion will be opening two locations in the Tampa, Florida area in January 2011. Pizza Fusion has become one of pizza-lovers' favorite pizzerias not only because of its award-winning taste, but because they only use the freshest, healthier and all-natural, hormone, pesticide and chemical-free ingredients.

Voted "Best Pizza" numerous times, Pizza Fusion's well-rounded menu offers something for everyone at a great value. Menu items range from traditional pizzas and sandwiches to its extensive offering of handcrafted, specialty pizzas, like Four Cheese & Sundried Tomato, Sausage & Tri-Colored Peppers or the popular Founder's Pie. Pizza Fusion's award-winning, organic salads offer a tasty meal for a quick lunch or healthy dinner. Beyond its organic offerings, Pizza Fusion also offers a number of menu items for selective eaters, including vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-free pizza and other options.

The two new Pizza Fusion restaurant owners, Ralph Santell and David Burton, plan to open their respective locations in January 2011. Ralph Santell will be opening his new location in Westchase at 9556 West Linebaugh and Dave Burton will be opening doors on his restaurant on 777 North Ashley Drive.

Pizza Fusion CEO Mark Begelman commented, "I am honored to have two such outstanding businessmen and entrepreneurs as Ralph Santell and David Burton join the Pizza Fusion family. With their combination of experience, talent and passion, their restaurants will not only be great pillars in the Tampa community, but also outstanding leaders within our own dynamic organization."

Dave Burton notes that, "I was drawn to Pizza Fusion mainly because of its focus on fresh and natural foods as well as it being a restaurant leader in environmentally sustainable practices. I've always tried to align myself with organizations built around integrity and am delighted to work with a company that prides itself on social responsibility."

And Ralph Santell says, "Having a Pizza Fusion franchise will allow us to impact more people's lives in a positive manner in many ways. Being good stewards of the environment while providing healthy and delicious food options for our community will give all of our team members a sense of satisfaction as well as a feeling of accomplishment. Come visit us and see what we are all about!"

Pizza Fusion, whose motto is 'Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time,' practices a socially-conscious approach to its entire existence, including the restaurants' build-out, service and overall operations. These steps ensure that each pizza franchise is not only good for the community and environment, but it is also saving on costs such as electricity and water. Through building all of its restaurants to LEED standards and offsetting 100% of its power consumption at all of its restaurants, among many other green initiatives, Pizza Fusion is pioneering the sustainable restaurant movement.

In the United States, restaurants are the top electricity consumer among retail businesses, accounting for 33% of the total consumption. Each restaurant produces an average of 50,000 pounds of waste per year. Pizza Fusion's restaurants reduce water waste by 40 percent and electricity consumption by 20 percent annually. The chain's LEED certified restaurants feature a number of unique, eco-efficient products, techniques and designs. Pizza Fusion restaurants' eco-elements include countertops made of reused glass bottles from other Pizza Fusions and manufactured using a cradle-to-cradle approach, bamboo flooring, 30% recaptured industrial concrete, non-VOC paints, energy start certified appliances, insulation made from recycled blue jeans, ceiling baffles made from recycled composite board, low-voltage, low-heat lighting, furniture made from reclaimed wood, and much more - all the way down to the 100 percent post-consumer toilet paper in their bathrooms.

Pizza Fusion is considering Area Developer and Franchise candidates to open several locations. For more information on Pizza Fusion franchise and area development opportunities, visit: http://www.mypizzafusionfranchise.com.

"Best Concept" Winner of 2010 by the Nation's Restaurant News, Pizza Fusion was founded in the best interest of the individual and the environment and is the number-one green franchise in North America. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, the all-natural pizza restaurant chain offers fresh, natural, and healthier foods in all its eco-friendly, LEED certified locations worldwide. The pizza franchise's mission is to uphold the highest level of integrity in all they do, from the quality and origin of their food to their care for the health of their customers and the environment. Pizza Fusion, "Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time." (www.pizzafusion.com).

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