May 8, 2015 |

Arkansas Joins the Circle of Crust with Pie Five Development Deal

Another State Bites the Crust as Pie Five Continues Expansion across the Nation


DALLAS, May 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sharing is caring and the country’s leading fast-casual pizza chain, Pie Five Pizza, is ready to share their fast, made to order, handcrafted pizzas with the great state of Arkansas.  Today, Pie Five announced plans to open up to ten stores across the state of Arkansas. The first three stores will be located in central Arkansas and are expected to open within the next year, the first of which is set to open this fall.

“We’re changing the way Americans eat pizza,” said Randy Gier, CEO of Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.  “Customers love our handcrafted, customized pizzas made with fresh ingredients –fast, fresh and completely customized – you can’t beat it.”

Pie Five’s unique fast casual model allows patrons to customize a personal handcrafted pizza, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisan ingredients — all in under 5 minutes. The masterfully created pizzas are cooked in custom-designed, state-of-the-art pizza oven. There are millions of possible pizza combinations Pie Five customers can create with four crusts (including artisan thin, classic pan, whole wheat grain Neapolitan and gluten-free), seven sauces and 28 fresh toppings. Additionally, they can add one of Pie Five’s freshly-tossed hand-made salads served in a baked pizza dough bowl or a decadent home-baked brownie or cookie pie.

Local Pie Five franchisee, Rob Byford and partner Michael Jett, has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years. He currently owns three Slim Chickens locations in central Arkansas and looks forward to bringing fast casual pizza to the market.

Arkansas is going to love Pie Five — there’s nothing like this in our area and we look forward to introducing Arkansas to this new pizza experience,” said Byford. “We offer fresh, wholesome ingredients that are perfect for families and people who don’t like to share!”

Pie Five currently has 46 locations in 13 states, with more than 400 announced company-owned and franchise units in development.

Pie Five is a subsidiary of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE), based in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, Texas. RAVE owns, franchises and supplies nearly 300 Pie Five and Pizza Inn restaurants operating domestically and internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is the leading brand in the rapidly growing fast-casual pizza space, offering individual handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients made to order in less than five minutes. For more information, please visit

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