Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Announces Grand Opening

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 14:13:17-05

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the fast-casual artisanal pizza concept known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, announced today that it will open a Bakersfield location, on Thursday, January 21st. 

To celebrate the grand opening, the restaurant will offer FREE build-your-own artisanal pizzas on Friday, January 22nd from 10:30 a.m. to midnight to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or

Facebook. The highly anticipated restaurant, which features a 2,500

square foot interior with seating for 60 inside and an additional 25

seats on an outdoor patio, is located at the California Pavilion (3900

California Ave.).

Blaze Pizza is a modern day "pizza joint" serving up artisanal pizzas

that are both fast and affordable. Since its first restaurant debuted in

2012, Blaze has quickly become one of the nation's hottest restaurant

concepts, with fans lining up each day for the custom-built pizzas,

freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s'more pies. 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 fresh, artisanal ingredients -- all for

about $8. The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing

hot open-flame oven -- the centerpiece of the restaurant -- where

dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire'd and

ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Restaurants make their own dough from

scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed 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 dough and vegan cheese. The Bakersfield restaurant will also

feature a selection of wine and craft beer.

"Our mission at Blaze is really simple -- we're taking pizza back to its

roots," said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. "By making dough

in-house, carefully sourcing ingredients, and cooking by fire, we're

giving guests a great way to enjoy artisanal pizza without the wait. It's

changing the way people think about and eat pizza."

Blaze's obsessive attention to detail extends well beyond the food, with

a carefully considered, modern approach to restaurant design. Driven by

its commitment to "Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet,"

the restaurant is constructed with recycled and sustainable materials,

uses eco-friendly packaging, and features energy-efficient LED lighting.

Additionally, many of the restaurant's unconventional design elements

were inspired by the company's celebration of individual expression,

including an oversized wall graphic, which was custom-built to suit the


Blaze Pizza is looking forward to continuing to build strong roots within

the community. To that end, the company has developed a turn-key

in-restaurant fundraiser program that returns 20% of an event's proceeds

back to local organizations, and will be partnering with local schools,

sports clubs and other organizations to host fundraising events at the

new restaurant.

About Blaze Pizza

The first Blaze Pizza(R) restaurant opened on Aug. 6,

2012, in Irvine, Calif., and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven

recipes, thoughtful interior design, and a service culture that

celebrates individuality. Now ranked as the overall #2 fast-casual brand

in's annual Top 100 list, Blaze Pizza is building momentum

and developing a cult-like following as it expands across the country.

The company currently operates 105 restaurants in 25 states and Canada,

including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago,

San Francisco, Toronto, Dallas and Washington D.C. Founded by Elise and

Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), the concept is backed by

investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner

Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please

visit and or click here to view a

company video.

Blaze Pizza(R), Fast-Fire'd(R), the horizontal logo design, and the

proprietary names "Pizzasmith," "Intelligent Choices For Our Pizzas,

People & Planet" and related trademarks are the property of Blaze Pizza


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