Blaze Pizza announced the opening of its first store in Knoxville, Tennessee, located in Town and Country Commons, at the corner of Kingston Pike and Peters (113 North Peters Road), near Jason’s Deli, Panera Bread, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The company is offering free build-your-own artisanal pizzas November 21 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to anyone who follows Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Customers are invited to create their own pizzas on an interactive assembly line format, choosing from both classic and inventive ingredients, including house-made sauces, fresh vegetables, and hand-selected meats and cheeses, all for under $8. Dedicated pizza makers then ensure the 11-inch thin-crust pies are “fast-fire’d” and cooked in under 180 seconds in Blaze’s signature open-flame oven.

“Knoxville is ready for a shake-up when it comes to convenient, healthy, and delicious pizza,” says Mike Forte, Knoxville resident and Blaze Operating Partner in Tennessee. “We’re bringing back the classic ‘pizza joint’ with a modern, fresh, and fast twist. Blaze has all the options Knoxville’s pizza lovers want, but without the wait.”

Blaze Pizza makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically acclaimed executive chef Brad Kent. The recipe requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce its signature light, crisp crust. The new 80-seat restaurant also offers gluten-free and vegan options, as well as an assortment of wines and craft beers.

The Knoxville Blaze Pizza is operated by The Millennial Restaurant Group, which plans to develop restaurants in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida. The partnership consists of James Patterson Sr., Jim Patterson II, Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman, Wayne Albritton, and Collins Cogan.

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