The Pie Hole, the celebrated Los Angeles–based pie and coffee concept, has closed a master franchise deal for all of Japan. Included in Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Pies in America list, The Pie Hole features sweet and savory, made-from-scratch pies and premium coffees in a fast-casual, local gathering format.

The Pie Hole has partnered with Fransmart, the company behind the explosive growth of Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as the brand’s exclusive Franchise Development Team.

The franchisee, who signed the franchise agreement through Fransmart’s vice president of sales, Ryan Durishin, will open approximately 20 pie shops across Japan.

The Pie Hole currently has two corporately owned locations in Los Angeles and Pasadena, and a franchised, nontraditional unit at LAX Airport.  A multiunit group has also signed on to develop parts of Orange County, California.

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