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Papa Murphy's introduces new pizza
Vancouver, Washington-based Papa Murphy's International today launches its newest take 'n' bake pizza, the Thai Chicken deLite. The new creation features sweet chili sauce, mozzarella, zucchini, grilled chicken, a mix of white, red and green onions and a dusting of crushed red pepper flakes.
"The sweetness of the chili sauce, the heat of the red pepper flakes and the creaminess of the mozzarella converge with the grilled chicken and fresh, crunchy zucchini for a nice balance of flavors and textures," says Carron Harris, vice president of product development. "The new Thai Chicken deLITE performed very well in consumer testing, plus our franchise owners couldn't wait to get it in their stores. All signs indicate this pizza should be another customer favorite."
The Thai Chicken deLITE joins an array of thin crust pizzas, including the Veggie, Herb Chicken Mediterranean and Chicken Bacon Artichoke.
The fifth largest pizza chain in the U.S., Papa Murphy's operates more than 1,250 corporate-owned and franchised locations in 37 states and Canada.
Donatos Pizza to sponsor major fireworks display
Columbus, Ohio-based Donatos Pizza will be the premier sponsor of the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, Indianapolis, Indiana's largest fireworks display set, for July 4th. Freedom Blast is a free event attracting a crowd of more than 200,000.
"We're proud to sponsor such a marquee event within the community," says Dave Walda, district supervisor for Donatos in Indianapolis. "At Donatos we really strive to promote goodwill on every block on which we do business, and the fireworks show is just another way we're showing our commitment and thanking our Indianapolis neighbors for all their support."
Founded in 1963, Donatos operates more than 170 locations in six states, as well as serving its pizza at more than 20 entertainment and sports venues.
The Rock expands to Portland, Oregon
Seattle, Washington-based The Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits announces the opening of its Gresham, Oregon location in June. The Portland area restaurant will be the first of seven new locations in the Vancouver, Washington and Portland markets in the next few years.
"The family culture in Gresham is a great fit for The Rock concept," says co-founder and president Don Bellis. "Our fun, laid-back restaurant provides a place for the diverse, urban community to unwind and enjoy an excellent meal."
Co-founder and CFO Jay Gigandet adds: "We are looking forward to rockin' it in Oregon, bringing great pizza and great music to the community."
The new 5,200-square-foot restaurant was designed by Portland-based DMS Architect. Hot Stone LLC, a multi-restaurant company that owns Taco Del Mar and Papa Murphy's storefronts, own the Gresham and Vancouver locations of The Rock.
Opened in Tacoma, Washington in 1995, The Rock operates 10 locations in Washington and one in Alberta, Canada
Mazzio's adds new hoagies to its menu
Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Mazzio's Italian Eatery has announced the addition of four hoagies to the company's menu, all to be served on toasted multi-grain hoagie rolls.
The Italian sub features salami, Capocolla ham, deli ham, provolone cheese, red onions, diced pepperocinis, sliced tomato, lettuce and zesty Italian dressing. The ham and cheddar is accompanied by lettuce, tomato and creamy Italian dressing. The turkey and Swiss is topped with red onions, lettuce, tomato, warm deli mustard and mayo spread. The chicken, bacon & Swiss comes with red onions, lettuce, tomato and mayo spread. The new hoagies will be served with a choice of chips or seasoned fries for $6.50 to $7.
"The hoagies are a great summer addition with a variety of meats and cheese," says president and CEO Greg Lippert. "We continue to keep our customers coming back for something new — and we hope they enjoy these new creations."
Established in 1961, Mazzio's operates 163 locations in nine states. Its menu features pizza, pasta, a salad bar and sandwiches.
Hungry Howie's to be official pizza of the NBA Detroit Pistons
Madison Heights, Michigan-based Hungry Howie's Pizza has signed a multi-year agreement with Palace Sports & Entertainment to be the official pizza of The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and the Detroit Pistons. Hungry Howie locations will be opened at The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre.
"We are very excited about partnering with Palace Sports & Entertainment," says Hungry Howie's president Steve Jackson. "We have a great local presence in the Detroit area, and becoming the official pizza of The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and the Detroit Pistons is a great opportunity for Hungry Howie's. We look forward to bringing our flavored crust pizza to Pistons fans and guests at The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre."
The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre is owned by PS&E, who also manages the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the Oakland University campus. PS&E venues average 300 events and 3.5 million guests a year.
Founded in 1973, Hungry Howie's operates more than 500 locations in 24 states.