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Pi Pizzeria looks to expand nationwide through franchising

"This is going to be the next big neighborhood pizza bar"
Credit: Fransmart

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis pizza spot known for its unique cornmeal crust, Pi Pizzeria, is partnering with Fransmart to expand nationwide.

Fransmart is a franchise development company that “turns emerging restaurant concepts into successful national and global brands.”

Dan Rowe, CEO and founder of Fransmart, said in a press release that Pi is the “next big neighborhood pizza bar.”

“Every day we see stories of old, tired casual dining chains closing or filing for bankruptcy making room for high volume, specialty full-service restaurants. Pi Pizzeria is the next evolution in full-service chains,” he said.

Pi Pizzeria first opened its doors on Pi Day, March 14, in 2008 and it now has four locations in St. Louis along with one in Washington, D.C.

Chris Sommers, owner of Pi Pizzeria, said Pi’s award-winning crusts set them apart from other pizza restaurants.  

“Our upscale, yet approachable restaurants, most with full bars and large craft beer offerings have driven Pi to be a go-to spot for families, date-night, corporate events and any guest looking for an elevated, memorable dining experience,” he said. “Pi’s three award-winning crusts are undoubtedly a major differentiator, with flavor profiles that one just can’t find elsewhere.”

Pi Pizzeria previously franchised six locations in the Middle East, according to the press release. It is currently looking for foodservice operators to develop franchise locations in top markets all over the world.

To learn more about Pi Pizzeria franchise opportunities, click here.

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