Pi Pizzeria, a full-service pizza bar and restaurant known for its crunchy cornmeal pizza crust and wide selection of local craft beer, is partnering with Fransmart, the industry-leading franchise development company, to expand nationwide. With a long list of awards under its belt, Pi Pizzeria continues to disrupt the pizza segment, operating a buzzing location in Washington, D.C., and four highly successful locations in St. Louis. The most successful location in St. Louis brings in just over $4 million a year in sales.
“Every day we see stories of old, tired casual dining chains closing or filing for bankruptcy making room for high volume specialty full-service restaurants. Pi Pizzeria is the next evolution in full-service chains. This is going to be the next big neighborhood pizza bar,” says Dan Rowe, CEO and founder of Fransmart.
Opened on “Pi Day” (March 14, 2008), Pi Pizzeria elevates the pizza experience through legendary hospitality and premium ingredients. The pizzeria’s loyal customers love the concept’s reasonable price-point, unique culture and bustling atmosphere. Pi Pizzeria’s strong sales and unique flavor profiles also make it extremely attractive to landlords looking to elevate lifestyle centers.
“Our upscale, yet approachable restaurants, most with full bars and large craft beer offerings have driven Pi to be a go-to spot for families, date-night, corporate events and any guest looking for an elevated, memorable dining experience,” adds Chris Sommers, owner of Pi Pizzeria. “Pi’s three award-winning crusts are undoubtedly a major differentiator, with flavor profiles that one just can’t find elsewhere.”
Sommers’ commitment to the quality of his pizza and restaurants has captured the heart and taste buds of all who have experienced Pi Pizzeria – most notably President Barack Obama. In 2009, Pi Pizzeria had the distinct honor and privilege to be invited to the White House to cook for the First Family, which made Pi Pizzeria the first non-staff to prepare food at the Obama White House. The Pi team has subsequently cooked for the President, Vice President and other famous politicians and celebrities on numerous occasions.
Pi Pizzeria previously franchised six locations in the Middle East, and they are currently looking for experienced multi-unit foodservice operators to develop franchise territories in top markets across the globe.