Four high-profile Topeka, Kansas business and civic leaders have become the newest Spin! Neapolitan Pizza franchise, with plans to develop the award-winning concept throughout the state of Kansas. Top Spin LLC partners Brent Boles, Butch Eaton, Jim Klausman, and Greg Schwerdt plan to open the pizzerias in Topeka, Lawrence, Wichita and Manhattan, Kansas, over the next five years. The Top Spin LLC partners are Kansas natives who already have extensive business interests in all of those markets, including restaurants, and a shared commitment to civic and philanthropic leadership.
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Small plates with big tastes, shrimp dishes, appetizers, a new dip, and more sizes of wine and beer have be added on Spin! Neapolitan Pizza’s newly expanded menu in its hometown market. All the dishes were created by Spin Pizza’s chef partner Michael Smith, a James Beard Award-winning chef who also was named 2014 Chef Innovator of the Year by the National Restaurant Association.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s newest franchisee, international operator Dee Jay’s, will open its first SPIN! Pizza location on Thursday in the Omaha suburb of Papillion, Nebraska. SPIN! Pizza’s agreement with the experienced restaurant operator calls for Dee Jay’s to open a minimum of five restaurants in Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota over the next six years. The new franchisee currently operates a number of successful dining concepts in those markets.
Franchiser SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open three company-owned locations in the Dallas area, its first company-owned restaurants outside its home market, between November 2014 and May 2015. Honored with numerous awards for its artisan food and business concept, SPIN! will open its first Dallas area location in Southlake, followed by Richardson, and the Las Colinas development in Irving.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to add two company-owned locations in high-traffic, fast-growth areas in its hometown Greater Kansas City market. The 3,800 square-foot restaurants will be located downtown in Crown Center, a complex that includes Hallmark Card’s world headquarters and attracts five million visitors annually, and in the Corbin Park retail center in the Kansas suburb of Overland Park.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza marketing manager Tory Thaemert has been named the 2014 Young Direct Marketer of the Year. Awarded by the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association (KCDMA) to an outstanding professional under age 32, the honor recognizes Thaemert’s unwavering dedication to the principles and practices of direct marketing, her enthusiastic support of industry initiatives and her continued contributions to KCDMA.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza plans to open a location in the new mixed-use student housing and retail project on the University of Central Missouri (UCM) campus to serve students, faculty, staff, and the local Warrensburg, Missouri, community. Expected to open in August 2015, the 116 W. South St. location will have more than 100 seats, a bar, and a full patio overlooking the football stadium.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is opening its second Southern California location on January 21 in Los Alamitos. SPIN! also has six locations in Missouri and Kansas.
The new Los Alamitos SPIN! is being opened by SPIN!’s first franchisee, Hofman Hospitality Group (HHG), which also owns 18 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada and four Hof’s Hut restaurants in Southern California. HHG plans to open a total of 37 SPIN! restaurants in Southern California during the next five to 10 years, including a location in Huntington Beach this spring.
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza opened a sixth location in its Greater Kansas City home market. Known for its artisan food without the gourmet price and its affordable premium, SPIN! also has franchises in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay area.
Veteran finance and operating executive Michael W. Kramer has joined SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza as a partner. Kramer brings financial expertise and extensive experience in both the retail and restaurant industries to the growing fast-casual concept.