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Pie-eating grins! Restaurant company plans to open up to 15 pizza spots in Phoenix area

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PHOENIX — Phoenix is becoming the go-to spot for pizza-franchise expansion. A California-based restaurant company has announced plans to open several of its casual dining and self-pour Blast and Brew eateries in the Valley.

“Phoenix is primed for development because the area is saturated with build-your-own pizza concepts, and Blast & Brew will offer something completely different,” Mike Reynolds, of Blast and Brew’s parent company, Milano Restaurants International, said Monday in a press release.

The company has planned to open up to 15 locations in the Valley, stretching from Phoenix to Scottsdale to Glendale to Goodyear to Chandler.

Blast and Brew’s menu includes appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Each site will have patios and and take-out options.

Diners create their own thin-crust Neapolitan pizza, choosing from dozens of regionally sourced ingredients.

In the past year plus, Chicago deep-dish favorites Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s have opened sites in the Valley.

Another Chicago chain, Gino’s East announced last summer it was opening a restaurant in Phoenix and is in the process of hiring staff.

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