Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Takes Slice of Southern Louisiana
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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza Takes Slice of Southern Louisiana

Iconic Build-Your-Own Pizza Chain Signs Multi-Unit Development Deal with Seasoned Restaurant Operators

October 28, 2019 // // NEW ORLEANS - Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the recognized world leader in fast artisanal pizza, announced today a multi-unit development deal that will grow the brand’s footprint in Southern Louisiana.

Seasoned restaurant owner-operators Kaleb and Khai Duong and Jacob Strider signed an agreement to open five Blaze Pizza locations, with restaurants between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

“With our experience in the franchise industry, we know how to spot a good thing,” said Kaleb. “We love the fast-casual pizza category and have been keeping a close eye on Blaze Pizza. We admire what they have accomplished with worldwide expansion, and we are excited to be a part of their growth here in Louisiana.”

The Duong brothers and Strider are multi-unit franchise owners of MOOYAH in New Orleans and own a series of frozen yogurt locations. The team also owns a construction business in Louisiana. With their experience in franchising and with business management, the trio is set to hit the grounding running in Southern Louisiana with Blaze Pizza.

“With enthusiasm for the build your own pizza category and proven franchise success, Kaleb, Khai and Jacob are a perfect fit for Blaze Pizza,” said Carolyne Canady, President International, Chief Development Officer for Blaze Pizza. “They are eager to grow their portfolio with a forward-thinking brand, and we’re thrilled to support their development plans for Southern Louisiana. We’re confident they’ll be top performers for years to come.”

From its inception in 2012, Blaze Pizza has built momentum and developed a cult-like following as it expanded from its California base to bringing over 340 restaurants into 41 states and six countries.

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable. With fans lining up or ordering online each day for their custom-built pizzas, freshly made salads, house made lemonades and s’more pies, the innovative fast-casual concept has quickly become one of the hottest restaurant chains in the country.

Each restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of real ingredients that are free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners. The generously-sized pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure the artisanal pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just minutes. Restaurants make fresh dough from scratch using a proprietary recipe developed by Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free crusts and vegan cheese.

The brand’s business model, made up of extensive site selection procedures, training programs and marketing support, is designed to attract individuals and operator teams with a strong business acumen, proven restaurant industry success and an interest in multi-unit franchising.

To learn more about Blaze Pizza and its franchise opportunities, visit or email

About Blaze Pizza

Recently named #1 ‘Brand of the Year’ in the Fast Casual Top 100, the fast-growing chain currently operates over 340 restaurants in 41 states and 6 countries. The concept is backed by private equity firm Brentwood Associates and founding investors, which include LeBron James, Maria Shriver, movie producer John Davis and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. For more information, please visit and or click here to view a company video.

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All Points Public Relations

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