April 09, 2014 // Franchising.com // Los Angeles - The strategic partnership formed between PizzaRev, a fast-emerging build-your-own pizza concept, and Buffalo Wild Wings was selected as the top investment 'Deal of the Year' by Franchise Times magazine.
PizzaRev founders, Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, received the honor at the recent Franchise Finance & Growth Conference in Las Vegas. When the partnership was formed last year, PizzaRev had three locations open in the Los Angeles market – today, the company operates eight Calif. restaurants with many additional franchise units under development across the country.
According to Franchise Times, "Dealmakers is an editorial project that highlights excellence by management teams, investors, lenders, and advisers in buying and selling franchise companies to drive sustainable growth."
"Buffalo Wild Wings is the perfect partner to help us build our fast-casual pizza brand," said Irv Zuckerman. "Our executive teams share a passion and common vision for the growth of PizzaRev, and we have a team dynamic that is truly unique in the investment world."
PizzaRev is a "build-your-own" fast-casual pizza concept that has reinvented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests are empowered to fully customize a personal-sized 11" pizza for under $8. Homemade dough options, flavorful sauces, delicious cheeses, and over 30+ fresh toppings, everything is on display at PizzaRev and assembled right before your eyes. The pizzas are then fired in a 900 degree, stone-hearth oven which produces a thin and crispy Roman-style pizza in just three minutes.
Los Angeles-based PizzaRev was founded in 2012 by longtime entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman, along with their sons, Nicholas Eckerman and Jeff Zuckerman. The executive team possesses a combination of Fortune 500 operating experience and high-profile restaurant management. PizzaRev is currently franchising and announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings in 2013. The company currently operates eight corporate restaurants with additional franchise locations under development in Minn., Utah, N.D., S.D., Mo., Texas, and Orange County and San Diego in Calif. Visit www.PizzaRev.com for more information.
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