SEATTLE, WA (June 20, 2012) MOD Pizza, known for its affordable, artisan-style, customized pizzas, opened its sixth Seattle-area location at the newly renovated Seattle Center Armory/Center House on Friday, June 15. The ribbon cutting ceremony included Seattle Center officials and MOD executives and advisors (photo available). In addition, MOD announced they will open two new stores by end of summer. The new locations will be in downtown Redmond and in the heart of Sammamish, Washington.
MOD Pizza s 1500 square foot space along the south wall of the newly renovated Armory features MOD’s signature 800-degree display oven, seating for 50 and a 350 square foot patio which opens to the new Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit and views of the Space Needle. Along with their made on demand thin crust, artisan-style pizzas, MOD will be offering a selection of Northwest draft beer and wine.
As a Seattle based company, we are thrilled to be a part of the revitalization of the iconic Seattle Center. We all remember spending time there as kids, and look forward to helping make it a great destination for the next generation. The new focus on creating an interesting, more inspiring, culinary experience for visitors to the Center was a strong draw for us, notes co-founder Ally Svenson. In addition, we are excited to be working on our new locations which we think are in two wonderful suburbs of Seattle –– Redmond and Sammamish.
The MOD Pizza concept was conceived in 2007 by northwest natives and husband and wife team Ally and Scott Svenson who sold their coffee business in the UK, Seattle Coffee Company, to Starbucks in 1998. Co-founder of Top Pot Doughnuts, Michael Klebeck, also played an instrumental role in developing the MOD brand in its early stages. In addition, a seasoned group of advisors share the founders’ vision for growth and include: Lindsey Schwartz (President and CEO, Schwartz Brothers Restaurants), Adam Brotman (Chief Digital Officer, Starbucks), Jim Alling (COO T-Mobile, formerly President of U.S and International Operations, Starbucks) and Paul Twohig (COO Dunkin’ Donuts, formerly Sr. VP Retail Operations, Starbucks, COO of Panera Bread). Chris Schultz, Director of Operations and 10-year veteran of Starbucks, runs MOD s day-to-day operations which include six stores and over 100 employees.
About MOD Pizza
MOD Pizza opened their first location in 2008. Since then they have been serving up made on demand pizzas in their six locations in the Seattle area. MOD s individual thin crust pizzas are all made on demand, using their signature hand-made dough and red sauce, both of which are made fresh daily. Customers can choose from a menu with inventive selections such as the Caspian (mozzarella, gorgonzola, barbeque chicken, barbeque sauce, sliced red onions) and Lucy Sunshine (mozzarella, parmesan, artichokes, garlic, with dollops of their signature red sauce), or create their own pizza, choosing from more than 28 featured toppings. Regardless of what toppings are chosen, all pizzas are the same price ($6.88) and are individually ordered, prepared and cooked in 800 degree display ovens within 2-3 minutes. MOD also offers a selection of salads along with draft beer, wine, pizza knots, milkshakes and old fashioned Ding Dongs.