PizzaForno launches ‘Pizza with a Purpose’ initiative and becomes first to market in Houston with two new automated pizzerias and more on the way
24/7 Automated Pizzeria Concept Expands to Houston and Friendswood
Houston, TX (RestaurantNews.com) PizzaForno, one of the only automated pizzerias in North America to cook artisan pizzas in less than three minutes, announced the launch of its “Pizza with a Purpose” program in the United States. His first stop: Houston, Texas.
“Pizza with a Purpose” is the basis of how PizzaForno selects licensees to participate in the development of their “Pizzaruption”. In addition to staying focused on purpose-driven initiatives, they work with each of their local owners to identify opportunities to help support nonprofit organizations within their community.
Local entrepreneurs developing PizzaForno on the market have chosen to support the Ronald McDonald Houses of Greater Houston/Galveston Works (RMHCGHG). Every Tuesday, PizzaForno Houston licensees will donate $1.00 for every pizza sold at their Texas locations to help pay for vaccines, exams and quality medical care for thousands of children. Licensee Daniel Albelice has a personal connection to Ronald McDonald House Charities. When Albelice’s son was only 18 months old, he was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent medical treatment for three years. Throughout this difficult time, the Albelice family relied on the organization for support, which is why it was important for him to show his gratitude and give back.
Participating locations include the first units to enter the state with fully operational locations at Social Beer Garden HTX (3101 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77004) and 3312 FM-528, Friendswood, TX 77546. Additionally, there are has two more locations opening soon; one in downtown Houston (625 Fannin St, Houston, TX, 77002) and the other on Galveston’s Tiki Island.
Daniel Albelice and Keith Stephenson plan to open 12 additional units by September 2023 in Houston, which will extend into a 50-unit development agreement. They are also looking for dynamic entrepreneurs looking to expand their portfolio or add that fully automatic turnkey gourmet catering concept that can be placed indoors or outdoors with as little as 60 square feet on their existing business. They have already generated interest from potential sub-licensees within the community.
“We’re excited to bring the future of pizza to the people of Houston. PizzaForno has it all: convenience, deliciousness, and quality ingredients at a great price,” said Master Licensed Daniel Albelice. continue to partner with local nonprofits because we believe we can make a difference one pizza at a time.”
“There is endless potential for growth throughout Texas in places like malls, truck stops and universities, and we couldn’t be happier to have Daniel Albelice and Keith Stephenson leading the way,” said Les Tomlin, co-founder and president of PizzaForno. “They both have very meaningful ties to the Houston community, and I’m really proud of their entrepreneurial ambition and the fact that they launched the first-ever Pizza with a Purpose campaign in the United States.”
PizzaForno not only offers a high return on investment, but has the ability to operate 24/7, without any on-site labor costs, with limited wastage and provides licensees with the ability to evolve rapidly. Unlike most take-out pizza options loaded with added preservatives, PizzaForno has selected wholesome, natural ingredients to deliver quality and consistency to scale the business.
Depending on volume, each unit can hold up to 70 fully prepared pre-packaged pizzas, freshly made in the USA and restocked frequently. As soon as the customer selects their favorite menu item, the state-of-the-art oven offers the customer the option of Take-n-Bake or bake the premium 12-inch artisan pizza in less than three minutes.
To learn more about PizzaForno and its licensing opportunities, visit https://www.pizzaforno.com/become-a-licensee/.
About Pizza Forno
Founded in 2018 by Canadian entrepreneurs William Moyer and Les Tomlin, PizzaForno is the only automated pizzeria in North America that delivers gourmet artisan pizzas in under three minutes. Accessible 24/7 at the touch of a digital screen, PizzaForno offers a selection of innovative menus, each made with high quality ingredients, with an authentic approach. In 2020, PizzaForno was honored with the Restaurants Canada 2020 Innovation Awards. Using technology popularized in France by ADIAL, PizzaForno currently has 40 operating locations and over 100 additional locations engaged – with the first US locations already established in Michigan. To learn more about PizzaForno, visit https://www.pizzaforno.com. To learn more about the licensing opportunity, visit https://www.pizzaforno.com/become-a-licensee/.
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