PizzaRev, a small fast-growing San Fernando Valley restaurant chain that offers quick made-to-order pizzas, announced Wednesday plans for nationwide franchising.
The chain was founded by former entertainment industry executives Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman and expanded to five locations within its first two years in business. It operates outlets in Northridge, Studio City, Woodland Hills, El Segundo and Oxnard.
“We have filed to franchise in all 50 U.S. states, and our goal is to partner with experienced multi-unit franchisees who share our vision for the PizzaRev brand,” Zuckerman said in a statement.
To spearhead the campaign, the company has hired Mark Lyso as vice president of franchise development. Lyso most recently worked as director of franchise development for Sizzler USA.
PizzaRev is distinguished by a food-assembly operation similar to a Chipotle Mexican Grill and employs high-temperature fast-cook ovens. Each 11-inch pizza sells for a flat rate of $7.95.
The franchising announcement comes less than six months after PizzaRev received an equity investment from Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., the Minneapolis owner of the popular sports bar chain.
“Along with chicken wings, pizza is one of America’s most popular foods and we believe that PizzaRev has great potential for continued growth and we are excited to see PizzaRev begin their franchise program,” Buffalo Wild Wings Chief Executive Sally Smith said in a statement.
Buffalo Wild Wings operates 900 restaurants, including franchises, in 49 states and Canada.