Get ready for instant, oven-fired pizza customized to your liking when Blaze Pizza arrives in northern Palm Beach County.
Founded in Irvine, California, Blaze has been called the No. 2 fast-casual brand in America by FastCasual.com. The restaurant chain sells custom-built artisanal pizza, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade, s’more pies and more.
As part of Blaze Pizza’s South Florida expansion, the chain will open a Palm Beach Gardens store in March. Located at 4665 PGA Blvd., the restaurant will seat 60 people in a 1,800-square-foot space.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, the eatery’s service style is comparable to Chipotle’s, in that customers can choose their toppings as they make their way down to the register.
Blaze Pizza already has three other locations in South Florida that opened between late 2014 and early 2015: Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Davie. Another Palm Beach County store in Royal Palm Beach is set to open at The Shoppes at Isla Verde in March as well.
“We couldn’t be more excited to open additional locations in South Florida, offering residents high-quality, customizable pizza, without the wait,” franchise partner Adam Cummis said.
The casual yet hip restaurant environment includes an interactive open-kitchen plan, so that guests can select the high-quality ingredients with which they’d like to top their pizza and watch as it is placed into the hot open-flame oven—a focal point of the restaurant.
The custom 11-inch, thin-crust pizzas are then fast-fired for three minutes, and all cost around $8. Blaze Pizza will also offer gluten-free crust and vegan cheese options and feature a wine selection and craft beer.
Blaze is not the only pizza joint in the area that will be offering such a service. 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, another fast-casual custom pizza chain, recently announced that it also has plans to expand throughout South Florida, with a few locations planned for Palm Beach County.
Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the three cities that currently have Blaze Pizza locations. A previous version of this story said there were two stores in Boca Raton, but there is only one in Boca and another in Fort Lauderdale. There is also a Davie location.
(Photo courtesy Blaze Pizza)