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Newspaper-themed pizza restaurant plans local sites

A pizza eatery with a “1920s Americana newspaper theme” is eyeing the Sacramento area as part of its expansion plan.

A franchise group for The Pizza Press has a deal for eight locations in the area, the Anaheim-based chain confirmed Tuesday. The group is negotiating for a site in downtown Sacramento, according to the company.

Other specific sites have not been determined, though they would include locations in Sacramento and Placer counties, the company said.

Romo Restaurant Group Inc., a father and son partnership from Albert Romoand Nicolas Romo, is opening the local sites over the next five years.

Founded in 2012, The Pizza Press is a quick-service eatery that offers build-your-own pizzas, in addition to signature varieties with names such as “The Gazette” and “The Herald.”

Personal-size pizzas are prepared — or “published,” in the company’s words — in less than four minutes. There’s also a focus on craft beer, and locations generally have more than 24 craft beers on tap.

The franchiser has almost 16 locations in Southern California, Texas and Florida. It expects to open 30 more new restaurants by 2018. Opening a Pizza Press location requires an initial investment of between $455,350 and $791,500, according to Entrepreneur.com.

The eatery will join a growing list of build-your-own pizza options in the area. Similar restaurants include Pieology Pizzeria, Blast 825 Pizza, MOD Pizza and Blaze Pizza.

The sector’s growth isn’t limited to Sacramento. Fast-casual remains a hot category in the pizza industry, according to a 2016 report from PMQ Pizza Magazine.

“Press” in the name of the business also refers to the mechanized dough press that the company uses.

By   –  Digital Editor, Sacramento Business Journal


Road to 100: The Pizza Press to Achieve 100-units Awarded in Q4

Record-Breaking Growth in 2017 for Build-Your-Own Pizza Franchise Signals Strong Start to 2018

October 19, 2017 // Franchising.com // ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Pizza Press, a leading fast-casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant has carved out a niche in the popular build-your-own space, offering fresh, local ingredients in a restaurant that quickly serves up a unique costumer experience. Taking a bite out of the $43 billion industry, The Pizza Press aims to control a larger slice of the market and build on its current store footprint – achieving 100-units awarded by year-end.

Based in Anaheim, California, the rapidly growing franchise has nearly 16 locations open in southern California, Texas and Florida, with plans to open 30 restaurants total by the end of 2017. Poised to reach 100-units awarded in Q4, The Pizza Press aims to build on this momentum with eyes set on 200 locations awarded by 2020 – doubling its number of units in a year and half.

“This is a major milestone for our brand as we’re committed to inspiring locally-owned franchise growth to both provide a great pizza concept for customers and create a positive impact on communities at large,” said Dara Maleki, CEO and founder of The Pizza Press. “This mission paired with a sound infrastructure designed for success is what continues to attract well-suited franchise partners dedicated to growing our brand and breaking into new markets.”

Most recently, the brand has signed an eight-unit deal in Sacramento, a five-unit North Carolina deal, a two-unit Hawaii deal and a five-unit deal in Colorado. The Pizza Press is also looking for further development with other strategic partners for multi-unit owners within Colorado, Washington, Florida, California, Texas, North Carolina, Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

The Pizza Press has already begun international development, with a location open in China and plans to open locations in Mexico and Canada in the next fiscal year. Helping implement these aggressive growth goals is Mo Hayat who has joined the brand as an equity partner and will serve as Chief Development Officer and General Counsel. Hayat is a seasoned, results-driven executive and entrepreneur with demonstrated leadership and dealmaker skills drawing on over 20 years of industry experience.

“The potential for The Pizza Press to infiltrate the category with its unique and cohesive concept in not only competitive but also lesser saturated markets is enormous,” said Hayat. “Our success is due to the brand’s superior product, unique ambience and exceptional customer experience.”

The Pizza Press is a unique concept dedicated to elevating the build-your-own pizza model to an experiential level, by creating an immersive 1920s Americana newspaper theme in which great food, craft beer, ambiance, and service are combined. Inspired by the mechanized dough press, The Pizza Press harkens back to an industrialized era when newspapers were the foundation of the community.

Editors help guests create their own custom pizzas or select one of the signature pizzas named after major newspapers such as The Times, The Tribune, The Chronicle, and others. The pizzas are published in just under four minutes and can be paired delectably with typically more than 24 different craft beers on tap, which change regularly and regionally. Build your own and deliciously prepared salads, gluten-free dough, and vegan cheese and topping options are also available.

The franchise is offering prospects exciting opportunities to be a part of the company’s nationwide growth. The brand is looking to develop in all types of areas – metropolitan, college towns, suburban and non-traditional locations. Expanding its footprint nationwide, target development states on the east and west coasts include Oregon, Utah, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Wyoming. Development in the Midwest includes South Idaho and Ohio, and southern region development is focused on Arizona, Tennessee, Louisiana, New Mexico and Georgia.

For more information on The Pizza Press franchising, call 844-84-PRESS or visit http://www.thepizzapress.com/franchising/.

About The Pizza Press

The Pizza Press is a unique concept dedicated to elevating the ‘build your own pizza’ model to an experiential level, by creating an immersive 1920s Americana newspaper theme in which great food, craft beer, ambiance, and service are combined. The theme, inspired by the mechanized dough press, The Pizza Press harkens back to an industrialized era when newspapers were the foundation of the local community. Founded in 2012 and based in Anaheim, California, The Pizza Press is a rapidly growing franchise with 16 locations in Southern California, Texas and Florida, and plans to open 30 restaurants by 2018. Target development regions currently span across the east and west coasts, as well as southern states.

The Pizza Press wants you to Craft Your Own Story in your neighborhood. For more information about The Pizza Press, please visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

SOURCE The Pizza Press

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‘Publish’ your pizza at 1920s newspaper-themed parlor in Huntington Beach

It’s uncertain where the press is going as a journalistic institution. But the Pizza Press pizza parlors seem to be doing just fine.

At the grand opening of the newest The Pizza Press in Huntington Beach on Thursday, April 20, the eatery served up 800 free pizzas to the public. The restaurant served 2,000 free pizzas throughout the week as employees trained and hosted customers from the community and local businesses.

The build-your-own pizzeria is located on the Strand at 150 Fifth St. in downtown Huntington Beach. The restaurant chain operates with a 1920s newspaper theme and decor and invites patrons to “publish” their own pizza by choosing from a wide selection of toppings and sauces.

Since the first Pizza Press opened in Anaheim in 2012, the company says it has made 1 million custom pizzas, as well as cookies and a variety of craft beers. The Huntington Beach restaurant is the company’s 10th, and plans are to expand with 30 more in 2017 and grow to 300 within three years.
Based in Anaheim, California, The Pizza Press is a rapidly growing franchise that has multiple locations in Southern California, with 30 stores opening later this year, and plans to have 100 restaurants throughout the United States by the end of 2018. For more information about The Pizza Press, please visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

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The Pizza Press opening in Austin’s West Campus

UT is First Texas Location for Southern California’s Fastest-Growing Pizzeria

Texas pizza fans have reason to celebrate as Southern California’s fastest growing build-your-own pizzeria, The Pizza Press, is opening its first out of state restaurant in Austin’s vibrant University District. The Pizza Press, known for its high quality ingredients, wide array of local craft beer, and fun 1920s newspaper theme, will open a 2,100 square foot location with a patio in West Campus near the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday, April 13.

To celebrate the opening that day, The Pizza Press will host a Great Pizza Giveaway, offering a free pizza to 1,000 people who have sign up on their website at www.thepizzapress.com.

In keeping with the newspaper theme, customers at The Pizza Press are invited to “publish” their own pizza by choosing from an extensive selection of fresh, high quality toppings, cheese and sauces. In addition to creating a custom pizza which is “hot off the press” in under four minutes, customers can choose from signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, smoked gouda, and finished with fresh cilantro and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce), The Tribune (red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, red onion, mushroom, roasted red bell peppers, sweet Italian link sausage, Kalamata olives and ricotta), The Chronicle (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, imported artichoke hearts, grape tomato, red onion, crimini mushroom, chevre, roasted red bell peppers, and finished with fresh basil and basil pesto) and others.

Diners can also enjoy a selection of custom or grab-and-go salads and tempting desserts such as custom ice cream sandwiches, ice cream floats, tiramisu and other seasonal treats. The Pizza Press serves award-winning Hope’s Cookies, made with all natural, high quality ingredients, as well as vanilla bean gelato from Bindi, the renowned Italian dessert company that has been family owned and operated since 1946.

Custom pizzas may grab the headlines at The Pizza Press, but the carefully curated assortment of local craft beer on tap is also newsworthy. At the new Austin location, the rotating selection of craft beer includes Jester King, Stone, and 512. The restaurant also serves Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee and Virgil’s cream soda and root beer.

“We are excited to introduce The Pizza Press to Austin,” said franchise owner and Austin resident, Lisa Hilo. “We know this is a great fit for the area and look forward to becoming an integral part of the community, from supporting UT’s clubs and groups, local charities, to simply getting to know the families and locals who will regularly come to enjoy our great pizza, craft beer and fun atmosphere.”

Hilo also noted that The Pizza Press is an official sponsor of the Texas Longhorns.
A native of Southern California, Hilo has always had a passion for people, service, and delicious food. She grew up in a family of five and began working in restaurants from an early age, and working her way through college as a waitress. After earning her degree, Hilo used her entrepreneurial spirit to start making real estate investments, but quickly realized that her skill set and passion for serving people would lead to opening her own business. After Hilo’s husband was relocated to Texas for his job, she knew that the vibrant, foodie town of Austin was the perfect location to open her first restaurant.

The Pizza Press is open from 11am to 12 midnight daily. The restaurant is located at 404 West 26th Street, at Guadalupe, in Austin. For more information, please call (512) 808-4074 or visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

About The Pizza Press
Founded in 2012, The Pizza Press is a build-your-own pizzeria with a friendly atmosphere and fun 1920s newspaper theme. “Newsboys” help guests “publish” their own custom pizza or one of the signature pizzas named after major newspapers such as “The Times,” “The Tribune”, “The Chronicle” and others. The pizzas are “hot off the press” in under four minutes.

Based in Anaheim, California, The Pizza Press is a rapidly growing franchise that has multiple locations in Southern California, with 30 stores opening later this year, and plans to have 100 restaurants throughout the United States by the end of 2018. For more information about The Pizza Press, please visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

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The Pizza Press Marks Fifth Anniversary With Plans For Nearly 150 New Stores & International Expansion by End of 2018

New Flagship Pizzeria in Anaheim, California to be Among 30 Openings This Year

As The Pizza Press approaches its fifth anniversary in June, Orange County, California’s fastest growing build-your-own pizzeria has announced it will expand to nearly 150 restaurants in the U.S., Mexico and China by the end of 2018, with 300 of the casual pizzerias planned over the next three years.As The Pizza Press approaches its fifth anniversary in June, Orange County, California’s fastest growing build-your-own pizzeria has announced it will expand to nearly 150 restaurants in the U.S., Mexico and China by the end of 2018, with 300 of the casual pizzerias planned over the next three years.

The jump in growth for The Pizza Press is beginning with 30 new locations opening this year, including the company’s first out of state restaurants, and a new flagship opening in Anaheim, California on March 30.The Pizza Press, known for its high quality ingredients, wide array of local craft beer, and 1920s newspaper theme, has signed multiple franchise agreements to open units in Texas, Nevada and North Carolina, as well as China and Mexico by the end of next year. The company is actively looking to expand into Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Canada.

The Anaheim pizzeria is relocating to a larger space in the mid-century modern Anaheim Plaza Hotel & Suites, which is currently being renovated. The new restaurant, which is a block away from the existing Pizza Press on Harbor Boulevard across from Disneyland Resort, is 2,700 square feet, nearly twice the size of the existing Anaheim location.

In addition to more seating and a larger kitchen, the new Anaheim restaurant will have a spacious patio, ample parking, and 30 taps of rotating local craft beer. Most Pizza Press locations have 20 local craft beers on tap.

The Pizza Press recently opened two more Southern California locations, in Rancho Santa Margarita and expanded into San Diego County with a Carlsbad location. Additional California locations opening this year include Downtown Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Tustin, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, San Jose, Northridge and others.

“The Pizza Press is a proven concept that is simple, fresh and fun,” said Dara Maleki, president and CEO of the Anaheim, California-based company. “We’re excited about the company’s growth and know that our pizzeria franchises will be welcomed in markets throughout the United States as well as other countries. We only use high quality ingredients, a great assortment of toppings, and our selection of craft beer among build-your-own pizzerias is unmatched.”

In keeping with the newspaper theme, customers at The Pizza Press are invited to “publish” their own pizza by choosing from an extensive selection of fresh, high quality toppings, cheese and sauces. In addition to creating a custom pizza which is “hot off the press” in under four minutes, customers can choose from signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, smoked gouda, and finished with fresh cilantro and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce), The Tribune (red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, red onion, mushroom, roasted red bell peppers, sweet Italian link sausage, Kalamata olives and ricotta), The Chronicle (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, imported artichoke hearts, grape tomato, red onion, crimini mushroom, chevre, roasted red bell peppers, and finished with fresh basil and basil pesto), and others.

Custom pizzas may grab the headlines at The Pizza Press, but diners can also enjoy a selection of custom or grab-and-go salads and tempting desserts such as custom ice cream sandwiches, ice cream floats, tiramisu and other seasonal treats. In addition to its carefully curated assortment of local craft beer, The Pizza Press also serves Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee and Virgil’s cream soda and root beer.

About The Pizza PressFounded in 2012, The Pizza Press is a build-your-own pizzeria with a friendly atmosphere and fun 1920s newspaper theme. “Newsboys” help guests “publish” their own custom pizza or one of the signature pizzas named after major newspapers such as “The Times,” “The Tribune”, “The Chronicle” and others. The pizzas are “hot off the press” in under four minutes.

Based in Anaheim, California, the rapidly growing franchise has nine locations in Southern California, with 30 stores opening later this year, and 100 slated to open in 2018. The Pizza Press is expanding its franchise program outside of California with locations in Nevada, Texas and North Carolina. Restaurants in China and Mexico will follow in 2018. For more information about The Pizza Press, please call 844-44-PRESS or visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

By the Numbers:

  • 5 Years since The Pizza Press “published” its first pizza in Anaheim.The first location opened in 2012.
  • 9 Current locations (Anaheim, Carlsbad, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, North Hollywood, Orange, Pasadena, Rancho Santa Margarita and West Hollywood)
  • More than 1 million Custom pizzas served in the past five years
  • 20 – 30 Taps of local craft beer at each location
  • More than 100,000 Cookies sold over the past five years
  • 30 New restaurants opening in 2017
  • 10 – 15 New restaurants opening in Southern California in the next 18 months,including at least seven in Orange County
  • 100 New restaurants opening by the end of 2018
  • 300 New restaurants opening over the next three years

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Media Contact: Jane Gillespie 949.733.2198

The Pizza Press Opens First Location In San Diego County In The Shoppes At Carlsbad

Rapidly Growing Franchise Plans 20 More Locations in 2017

Carlsbad, California, January 31, 2017 – North County pizza fans have reason to celebrate as Southern California’s fastest growing build-your-own pizzeria, The Pizza Press, has opened in The Shoppes at Carlsbad. The Pizza Press, known for its high quality ingredients, wide array of local craft beer, and 1920s newspaper theme, has a nearly 2,400 square foot location with a patio.

In keeping with the newspaper theme, customers at The Pizza Press are invited to “publish” their own pizza by choosing from an extensive selection of fresh, high quality toppings, cheese and sauces. In addition to creating a custom pizza which is “hot off the press” in under four minutes, customers can choose from signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, smoked gouda, and finished with fresh cilantro and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce), The Tribune (red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, red onion, mushroom, roasted red bell peppers, sweet Italian link sausage, Kalamata olives and ricotta), The Chronicle (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, imported artichoke hearts, grape tomato, red onion, crimini mushroom, chevre, roasted red bell peppers, and finished with fresh basil and basil pesto) and others.

Diners can also enjoy a selection of custom or grab-and-go salads and tempting desserts such as custom ice cream sandwiches, ice cream floats and other seasonal treats.

Custom pizzas may grab the headlines at The Pizza Press, but the carefully curated assortment of local craft beer on tap is also newsworthy. At the Carlsbad location, the rotating selection includes Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, and Rough Draft Amber Ale. The restaurant also serves Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee and Virgil’s cream soda and root beer.

“We are excited to bring the first The Pizza Press to San Diego County with the first location in Carlsbad,” said franchise owners Nikki and Fred Mayne. “We know this is a great fit for the area and look forward to becoming an integral part of the community, from supporting youth sports and charities, to simply getting to know the families and locals who regularly come to enjoy our great pizza, craft beer and fun atmosphere.”

The Carlsbad couple, who have many years of experience in the corporate world, noted that their goal is to open seven locations in San Diego County and are looking for their second location now.

The Pizza Press is open from 11am to 12 midnight daily. The restaurant is located in The Shoppes at Carlsbad, at 2501 El Camino Real #210, in Carlsbad. For more information or to place an order, call (760) 729-1904 or visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

About The Pizza Press

Founded in 2012, The Pizza Press is a build-your-own pizzeria with a friendly atmosphere and fun 1920s newspaper theme. “Newsboys” help guess “publish” their own custom pizza or one of the signature pizzas named after major newspapers such as “The Times,” “The Tribune”, “The Chronicle” and others. The pizzas are “hot off the press” in under four minutes.

Based in Anaheim, California, the rapidly growing franchise has nine locations in Southern California, with 20 stores opening later this year. The Pizza Press is expanding its franchise program outside of Southern California with initial locations in Nevada, Texas and North Carolina. For more information about The Pizza Press, please visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

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Media Contact: Jane Gillespie 949.733.2198

The Pizza Press Opens First South Orange County Location In Rancho Santa Margarita Town Center

Rapidly Growing Franchise Plans 20 More Locations in 2017

Rancho Santa Margarita, California, January 30, 2017 – South Orange County pizza fans have reason to celebrate as Orange County’s fastest growing build-your-own pizzeria, The Pizza Press, recently opened in Rancho Santa Margarita Town Center. The Pizza Press, known for its high quality ingredients, wide array of local craft beer, and 1920s newspaper theme, has a 2,600 square foot location with a patio across from Cinepolis.

In keeping with the newspaper theme, customers at The Pizza Press are invited to “publish” their own pizza by choosing from an extensive selection of fresh, high quality toppings, cheese and sauces. In addition to creating a custom pizza which is “hot off the press” in under four minutes, customers can choose from signature pizzas including The Times (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, chicken, grape tomato, red onion, smoked gouda, and finished with fresh cilantro and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce), The Tribune (red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, red onion, mushroom, roasted red bell peppers, sweet Italian link sausage, Kalamata olives and ricotta), The Chronicle (extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, imported artichoke hearts, grape tomato, red onion, crimini mushroom, chevre, roasted red bell peppers, and finished with fresh basil and basil pesto) and others.

Diners can also enjoy a selection of custom or grab-and-go salads and tempting desserts such as custom ice cream sandwiches, ice cream floats, tiramisu and other seasonal treats. The Pizza Press serves award-winning Hope’s Cookies, made with all natural, high quality ingredients, as well as vanilla bean gelato from Bindi, the renowned Italian dessert company that has been family owned and operated since 1946.

Custom pizzas may grab the headlines at The Pizza Press, but the carefully curated assortment of local craft beer on tap is also newsworthy. At the new Rancho Santa Margarita location, the rotating selection includes Angel City, Ballast Point, Left Coast, and Ninkasi Brewing Company. The restaurant also serves Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee and Virgil’s cream soda and root beer.

“We are excited to introduce The Pizza Press to South Orange County,” said franchise owner and Amina Lalani, who owns and operates the new location with her friends of 30 years, Alnaz Dhalla and Fatima Valji. “We know this is a great fit for the area and look forward to becoming an integral part of the community, from supporting youth sports and charities, to simply getting to know the families and locals who regularly come to enjoy our great pizza, craft beer and fun atmosphere.”

The Pizza Press is open from 11am to 12 midnight daily. The restaurant is located in Rancho Santa Margarita Town Center at 30642 Rancho Santa Margarita Pkwy., suite E-104, in Rancho Santa Margarita. For more information or to place an order, call (949) 635-8155 or visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

About The Pizza Press

Founded in 2012, The Pizza Press is a build-your-own pizzeria with a friendly atmosphere and fun 1920s newspaper theme. “Newsboys” help guess “publish” their own custom pizza or one of the signature pizzas named after major newspapers such as “The Times,” “The Tribune”, “The Chronicle” and others. The pizzas are “hot off the press” in under four minutes.

Based in Anaheim, California, the rapidly growing franchise has nine locations in Southern California, with 20 stores opening later this year. The Pizza Press is expanding its franchise program outside of Southern California with initial locations in Nevada, Texas and North Carolina. For more information about The Pizza Press, please visit www.ThePizzaPress.com.

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Media Contact: Jane Gillespie 949.733.2198