Project Pie to Satisfy Pizza Quickie Cravings Across Northern California, Los Angeles

Fast-Casual Pizza Franchise Inks Deal for 27 New Restaurants Throughout California

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 28, 2014 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Soon, when Californians are in the mood for a pizza quickie, they'll have 27 more locations to satisfy them. Project Pie, known for everyday artisan pizza custom-built by you, will expand the build-your-own-pizza experience across California through franchise deals that are set to bring a total of 27 new restaurants over the next five years in Northern California and Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-area Project Pie restaurants are already slated to open in Valencia and Glendale this spring. In Northern California, construction has already started on a Walnut Creek Project Pie, expected to open in July. Northern California will see an additional 15 locations and the LA area another nine as part of a recently signed multi-unit franchise agreement.

"Ever since I created the fast-casual pizza segment, I've been determined to deliver an authentic product served by authentic people at a great price," said Founder and CEO James Markham. "Project Pie is the fulfillment of that vision - the combination of our food, our authenticity and our vibe keeps our guests (our copycats call them customers) and our franchisees coming back for more."

Project Pie has perfected the pizza quickie - every custom-built pizza is cooked in two minutes in a high-temperature, stone-hearth oven and served to the customer less than five minutes from the time of their order.

Project Pie is driving menu and pricing innovation within the segment by offering a wide variety of toppings while charging the same price whether a pizza has two toppings or 26. The "pre-designed menu" features classic cheese pizza, a prosciutto and caramelized onion pizza and other "white" pizzas that come with no sauce - and customers can customize any creation with gluten-free crust. In addition to pizza, Project Pie also serves salad and homemade desserts.

Project Pie, an international franchise, is the brainchild of Markham, the fast-casual pizza visionary who founded the company in 2012 after creating and launching MOD Pizza in Seattle and Pie-ology in Fullerton, Calif.

To learn more about Project Pie and the unique pizza, go to www.projectpie.com.

About Project Pie

Project Pie was founded in 2012 by entrepreneur and pizza-lover James Markham who was sick of eating bad pizza and thought the good stuff cost too much. Project Pie's motto is, "Everyday Artisan Pizza, Custom-Built By You." To learn more about Project Pie, visit www.projectpie.com. To learn more about franchising, visit www.projectpie.com/franchise.

Media Contact:

Sara Faiwell
Fishman Public Relations
847-945-1300
sfaiwell@fishmanpr.com

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