Russo’s Restaurants Celebrates Opening Tulsa’s First Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen
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Russo’s Restaurants Celebrates Opening Tulsa’s First Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen

Russo’s Restaurants Continues Historic Level of U.S. Expansion

Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) July 26, 2013 - The wait is over in Tulsa. Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen has arrived. Now, Tulsa residents can savor the tastes, aromas and unmistakable ambiance of an authentic New York-style pizzeria. The well-known upscale Italian restaurant that brings to life old world charm and hospitality is slated to open in early September at the Tuscany Village (situated at 8941 South Yale Ave. in Tulsa).

“Right from the moment customers walk in they will know they’ve come somewhere special. They’re getting a true ‘slice’ of New York in Oklahoma,” said Richard Martinez who is partnering with his brother George to open the restaurant. “Everything is made from fresh ingredients. From the giant slices of pizza and the calzones to the pasta, these are traditional Italian dishes served just the way our guests would expect.”

The Tulsa Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen is the first Russo’s Restaurant to open in Oklahoma and will act as a flagship store for future locations. The expansion of the brand in the state signals the start of significant franchise growth for the brand throughout the United States. Russo’s completed agreements to open more than 10 new restaurants in Hawaii and Texas (San Antonio and Austin). The 12-month period from mid-2012 to today represents the brand’s most aggressive growth phase.

“Opening in Tulsa is a momentous occasion for Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen. This will be the first of eight stores will open in the Tulsa area,” said Anthony Russo, a formally trained chef who opened his first Russo’s New York Pizzeria in 1992. “We couldn’t be happier about carrying on the Russo’s tradition with a new restaurant in Tulsa and doing so with a team as gifted as the Martinezs. With their qualifications, Russo’s has a bright future in the region.”

The Russo’s name has become synonymous with coal-fired New York style pizza and authentic Italian meals. Beyond the brand’s specialty pizzas, menu items include fresh salads (Insalata), soups (Zuppe) and homemade pastas. Authentic Italian cannoli’s, fresh seafood, chicken, veal, and flatbread sandwiches are just some of the distinctive dishes on the menu. The full Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen menu is available at

Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen and its traditional Italian recipes trace their origins to a tight-knit family where the kitchen was the center of all activity. As a young child, Anthony helped his grandmother roll dough for cannolis, carefully wrapping it around four-inch wooden broomsticks to get the right shape before it cooked. By the age of 12 Anthony was learning authentic Italian recipes. Earning the Chef’s distinction as an 18-year-old, Anthony honed his skills as a culinary expert working in his parent’s fine Italian restaurant and then opened his own pizzeria while still a young man. He then opened Anthony’s Pizzeria in Clear Lake, Texas, and later two restaurants in Houston; one named Café Anthony and the other named Russo Café Anthony, an upscale Italian restaurant.

Highlighting the performance of Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen and Russo’s New York Pizzeria is the 24 percent average net profit and the average food cost of well below the national average at 21 percent. Plus, average gross sales are $550 per square foot. For entrepreneurs interested in the franchise opportunity, Russo’s requires a low down payment of 20 to 30 percent to launch your own restaurant. Third party financing is available.

About Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen

Presenting a true New York-style pizza tradition, Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen lives by a family promise that dates back more than half a century, “If it isn’t fresh, don’t serve it.” This motto has served Russo’s Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen well since founder Anthony Russo opened his first pizzeria more than two decades ago. The brand’s success has inspired the launch a number of successful franchises, and today more than 30 Russo’s restaurants are operating and dozens more are expected to open in the next three to five years. The concept has gained recognition for its remarkably fresh food and the affordable price of menu options. Preparation of pure ingredients and the execution of memorable Italian food keep customers coming back for more. Chef Anthony’s commitment to maintaining the freshest products insures that all customers who walk through the door, irrespective of which Russo’s location, receive the bona fide Russo’s experience.

To learn more about the Tulsa location contact Anthony Russo at (713) 821-1322 or pizboy(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of or want to locate a franchise in one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your state.


Anthony Russo
Russo's NY Pizzeria
(713) 821-1322



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