Fast-casual chain Blaze Pizza to open new restaurant at Eddy Street Commons

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

Think of Blaze Pizza as the Chipotle of pizza.

The fast-casual pizza chain will open a new restaurant in the third week of July at 1234 N. Eddy St. in South Bend, Blaze Midwest marketing director Darla Bowen said.

At Blaze Pizza, customers can make their own personalized 11-inch pizzas for under $8. It’s much like Chipotle in the way customers walk down an assembly line picking out which toppings they want to have on their pizza, Bowen said. The pizza then goes in the oven for three minutes before it’s served to the customer.

“We have over 40 fresh ingredients,” Bowen said. “Super-high quality. Everything from fresh mozzarella or gorgonzola to turkey meatballs. All the traditional toppings and some less traditional toppings.”

The restaurant also offers freshly made salads, blood orange lemonades and s’more pies, according to a news release. For those with dietary restrictions, Blaze Pizza also offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.

The 2,300-square-feet restaurant, which includes an out door patio, can seat up to 60 people. It’ll be the third Blaze Pizza location in Indiana.

“If you think about it, there hasn’t been a good way to enjoy artisanal pizza without the wait,” Blaze Pizza president and COO Jim Mirez said in the news release. “Now there is. We believe this will be a game changer for the Notre Dame community.”

Blaze Pizza first opened Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif. The company now operates 70 restaurants in 19 states, including Los Angeles and Chicago, and the District Columbia.

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