In October 2012, it looked like California-based chain Blaze Pizza would make its way over to Boston, particularly due to one of its investors, Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. Now, it's really happening, so prepare for "fast-fire'd pizza" and apostrophe abuse. Boston Business Journal reports on franchisees Mitch Roberts and David Peterman, who also own 34 Panera locations. Like at the recently opened Crush Pizza in the Financial District, Blaze customers choose their toppings at a counter, where the pizza is assembled right in front of them. Blaze's ovens run at 800 degrees, which cooks the pizzas in 180 seconds. There's one size only, an 11-inch personal pizza, which will cost $7-8.
While signature pies are available, the "build your own" option includes choices from a variety of meats, vegetables, cheeses, and sauces. Gluten-free crusts are available — with the caveat that they are prepared on the same surfaces as the regular flour crusts, so those with severe allergies should probably not indulge. There are also salads available, and some locations serve beer and wine. Roberts and Peterman want to open at least 15 locations around here, according to the Boston Business Journal, and they're primarily interested in "urban areas within Route 128." Each location requires about 2500 square feet of space.
· Local franchisee to bring new pizza chain to Boston [BBJ]
· All coverage of Blaze Pizza on Eater [~EBOS~]