Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a leading restaurant chain renowned for its delicious pizza and extensive craft beer selection, is taking its franchising efforts to the next level with a refocus on expanding the brand to new territories. Old Chicago just announced its finalized franchise agreement with Core Hospitality, a leader in hospitality management with a strong track record in the industry.

Through this collaboration with Core Hospitality, Old Chicago aims to amplify its franchising efforts, expand its footprint, and introduce its unique pizza and craft beer brand to even more communities across the U.S. The signed franchise agreement is set to open an Old Chicago location inside the new Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center in Kansas, which will also feature an exterior entrance for local customers. 

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Core Hospitality to strengthen our franchising efforts,” says Kelli Punchard, Franchise Sales Manager for Old Chicago. “Their expertise in hospitality management, combined with our proven business model and passion for quality food and beer, creates an incredible opportunity for aspiring franchisees to join the Old Chicago family.”

Core Hospitality is one of the most successful hotel operators in the industry, with proven experience in managing and operating successful locations in territories across the country, making it an ideal partner for property investors. Now, Old Chicago franchisees have access to unparalleled support and resources and will benefit from comprehensive training, marketing assistance, ongoing operational guidance, and access to an extensive network of suppliers.

“We are excited to embark on this venture with Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom,” says Sumit Patel, Vice President of Operations for Core Hospitality. “Their focus on quality ingredients, unique recipes, and a welcoming atmosphere perfectly aligns with Core Hospitality’s values. We look forward to leveraging our operational expertise to help introduce Old Chicago’s unparalleled dining experience to our guests.”

Indeed, Old Chicago has ambitious plans to splash into prime, untapped territories in the coming years. Old Chicago is the home of The World Beer Tour and with a loyalty program of more than four million people, the brand has won the taste buds of its guests throughout the nation. It’s all part of Old Chicago’s ambitious expansion plan to introduce its wide range of craft beers, taproom classics, and artisanal pizzas to numerous cities nationwide. With a strategic focus on growth, the brand actively pursues opportunities in key markets, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and more.

“We see immense potential in expanding our franchise network, and partnering with Core Hospitality aligns perfectly with our growth strategy,” says Josh Kern, CEO of SPB Hospitality, the parent company of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom. “Their operational excellence and commitment to exceptional guest experiences make them the ideal partner to help us bring the Old Chicago brand to new markets.”

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