CHICAGO - April 3, 2015 // PRNewswire // - In a fearless effort to capture the hearts and stomachs of the country's most discerning pizza connoisseurs, Pie Five Pizza Co., the nation's leading fast casual pizza brand, bursts onto the Chicago pizza scene with the first of 15 Chicagoland restaurants opening today.
The new restaurant - marking Pie Five's 41st location - opens today in Skokie, near the Lincolnwood Town Center. A second location opens in Schaumberg on April 10 followed by the third opening in Naperville on April 17. This expansion kicks off the brand's 400 new franchise and company-owned stores anticipated over the next 5 to 6 years.
"While other pizza-makers may be daunted by Chicago's world-renowned pizza prowess, we are eager to introduce our delicious hand-crafted, made-to-order pizzas to the country's most critical pizza palates," said Randy Gier, Pie Five chief eating officer. "The Windy City is a big step for Pie Five as we expand nationwide."
The unique Pie Five model allows patrons to top their pizzas any way they want for the low price of $6.99, cooked in 145 seconds in a custom designed, state-of-the-art oven. There are millions of pizza combinations Pie Five customers can create with four crusts (including artisan thin, classic pan, whole wheat grain neapolitan and gluten-free), seven sauces and 27 fresh meat and veggie toppings. Add a hand-made salad in a baked pizza dough bowl, or a decadent home-baked brownie or cookie pie. The entire meal – start to finish in under five minutes. That's Pie Five.
"At Pie Five, we celebrate quality, choice and speed," said Chris Smith, senior vice president of operations. "You can get a custom pie with dough made twice daily in store, cheese grated fresh from the block and our all natural sauces and ingredients - all ready in just five minutes, from the moment we start building the pizza. And, our crew is not just fast, they're friendly too!"
Pie Five Pizza has been named among Fast Casual's 2014 Top 15 "Movers & Shakers," a 2012 Hot Concepts winner by Nation's Restaurant News and one of "10 Hot New Restaurant Chains from Established Brands" by Forbes.com. The company currently has 41 locations in 10 states and Washington DC (Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia) with more than 400 announced company-owned and franchise units under contract in 13 states.
A complete menu and more information are available at piefivepizza.com.
Pie Five is a subsidiary of Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE), based in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, Texas. Rave owns, franchises and supplies nearly 300 Pie Five and Pizza Inn restaurants operating domestically and internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is the leading brand in the rapidly growing fast-casual pizza space, offering individual handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients made to order in less than five minutes. For more information, please visit PieFivePizza.com.
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