November 10, 2016 |

Milano CEO Launches New Pizza and Beer Franchise: Blast & Brew


New Franchise Blast & Brew Focuses on Self-Pour Craft Beer, Customizable Food Options

Concept Debuts with 12-Unit Deal in California, Eyes Southwest Region for Further Expansion

Fresno, Calif. – America’s love for pizza and beer runs deep, and a new franchise, Blast & Brew, is offering guests an opportunity to personalize both. The fast-casual Neapolitan pizza restaurant offers artisanal pizzas and more than 30 taps of self-pour craft beer, along with other customizable food options. Backed by experienced California restaurant group Milano International, the brand has already inked a 12-unit deal on the Central Coast of California.

The Blast & Brew experience starts with fresh, hand-stretched pizza dough. Guests then choose from more than 40 locally-sourced and regionally-tailored ingredients and house-made sauces, before their masterpiece is fired to perfection at 825 degrees. In addition to unlimited varieties of pizza, Blast & Brew offers signature split-focaccia sandwiches, fresh salads, and a variety of hearty appetizers, like Carnitas Pork Sliders with jalapeno slaw, served on a fresh, house-made bun, and a Crispy Brie Crostini served with honey and a balsamic glaze.

Guests also have the option of customizing their beer experience through a pre-paid program that allows them to choose from more than 30 local and regional craft brews that they pour themselves. Blast & Brew’s Beer Geniuses guide guests through the beer offerings, helping them choose the best selection to pair with their meal.

“People have always had control over their pizza, but Blast & Brew offers a 100 percent customer-crafted dining experience, from the meal to the beverage that accompanies it,” said John Ferdinandi, CEO of Blast & Brew’s parent company Milano Restaurants International. “Our team has been hand crafting pizzas for over 50 years, and has partnered with California-grown craft breweries since the 90s – creating a recipe for success at Blast & Brew.”

California-based franchise group Cristallo Ventures L.L.C. has signed a 12-unit agreement to develop Blast & Brew locations throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties over the next eight years. The group currently operates a franchised Blast & Brew in San Luis Obispo, which opened in March 2016.

Milano Restaurant International Corporation operates a portfolio of five distinct restaurant concepts with more than 70 combined locations primarily throughout central California. The group has been serving award-winning pizza since 1955, with CEO John Ferdinandi leading the company since 1994.

Blast & Brew is seeking qualified franchise partners with restaurant experience to develop Blast & Brew restaurants in prime territories across the southwestern region of the U.S., including metropolitan areas such as Phoenix and Dallas, as well as heavily populated college towns. Blast & Brew locations require between 1,200 and 3,400 feet of retail space, with patio, dine-in and carry out opportunities. Franchise prospects should have restaurant or retail experience and the total investment to become a Blast & Brew franchisee ranges from $700,000 to $950,000.

About Blast & Brew

Blast & Brew offers guests a completely customizable experience from its quick-fired Neapolitan pizzas, split Focaccia sandwiches, the freshest salads and a wide variety of signature appetizers, to its self-pour craft beer offerings. Blast & Brew is a division of parent company Milano Restaurants International Corporation, a restaurant management company representing six brands, which is headquartered in Fresno, Calif. The brand began franchising in 2016 and is currently focusing on growth in the Southwest part of the U.S. For more information on the Blast & Brew brand, or to inquire about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.blastandbrew.com. For more information on Milano Restaurants, visit http://www.milano-ri.com/.

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