PizzaRev, a fast-casual build-your-own pizza concept, announced the addition of five franchise groups to develop the brand throughout Denver; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas; Long Island, New York; and Columbus, Ohio. PizzaRev plans to open at least 40 franchise locations across the markets.
“Our new franchise partners share our passion for better, faster pizza - and they recognize the tremendous opportunity to bring the best fast-casual pizza experience to their respective markets,” says Irv Zuckerman, cofounder and CEO of PizzaRev. “We’re proud to work with accomplished multi-unit restaurant operators who are as eager to expand the PizzaRev-olution as we are.”
Beyond its 12 corporate locations in greater Los Angeles, PizzaRev currently operates franchise locations across four states. Last quarter, franchises opened in the Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Austin, and Orange County, California, markets.
In Denver, PizzaRev development will be led by seasoned restaurateur and founding partner of QK Inc. restaurant group, Dough Koch; he adds PizzaRev to a portfolio of 90 Denny’s restaurants and six Del Taco restaurants across eight states.
In Washington, D.C., former managing director of international development for Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., Mo Sawda, will bring PizzaRev to Northern Virginia and D.C. Sawda previously managed his own development company and also held upper management positions with Burger King and Denny’s.
In Long Island, New York, Chuck Kwon, former operator of six Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, will be among the first to bring PizzaRev to the East Coast. He is also a former Hooters franchise owner.
In Las Vegas, Tom McDonald, who currently operates 27 Burger King restaurants throughout Las Vegas and Phoenix as well as nine Panera Bread restaurants across Orange County, California, will open the first PizzaRev in Nevada with business partner Steve Keith.
In Columbus, Ohio, Thomas Pilbeam and Jack Thompson will add PizzaRev to a portfolio of 28 Denny’s restaurants across Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.