Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blaze Pizza, well, blazes into Orlando near UCF

“The City Beautiful” will soon get its next biggest attraction, and it’s not a roller-coaster or theme park ride. Orlando’s pizza-lovers and University of Central Florida students can soon get “fire’d up” for the arrival of the nation’s leading build-your-own pizza concept – Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza!

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint,” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. The Kentucky-based Millennial Restaurant Group, which is franchising the concept in four states, today announced the groundbreaking of their first Orlando location at 4100 N. Alafaya Trail, across from the main University of Central Florida campus, near Bar Louie and Burger Fi. The fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, will custom-build its newest location to suit the 3200-square foot space which includes seating on an outdoor patio. The restaurant will be open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Wednesday, and will stay open until 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

What makes Blaze Pizza different? Blaze uses an interactive assembly line format that allows guests to create their own artisanal pizzas. Customers choose an unlimited amount of toppings from a wide variety of house-made sauces, fresh vegetables and hand-selected meats and cheeses – all for under $8. The 11” 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” in under 180 seconds.

“The Orlando community expects greatness for every venture, and that’s just what we’re giving them with this unique pizza experience,” said Laurie Ruggles Managing Partner for Blaze in Florida. “Blaze Pizza is great for UCF students looking for a fast, quality pizza option that won’t break their budget. We are bringing back the classic pizza joint, but with a modern, fast-as-lightning twist.”

Blaze Pizza makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Brad Kent (“The Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust.  The restaurant’s menu also accommodates a range of dietary needs, with gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.  The restaurant will also offer selection of wine and craft beers.

The Millennial Restaurant Group is developing restaurants in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. The partnership consists of James Patterson Sr., Jim Patterson II, Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman, Wayne Albritton and Collins Cogan.

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