New Jersey-based 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza entered the Houston-area market in May and will fire up its second location next week.
The newest location, at 8035 Spencer Highway in Deer Park, is across the street from San Jacinto College. It will open on Aug. 25 at 11 a.m.
Nelson Hernandez is the operations manager, and Donald Eues is the general manager. Chris and Alice Chandler are the franchisees for both the Deer Park location and the Houston area’s first 1000 Degrees location, which opened at 18032 Saturn Lane in Nassau Bay in May.
The Nassau Bay and Deer Park locations are only the third and fourth 1000 Degrees to open in Texas. The chain also has Texas locations in Austin and Amarillo, and new locations are planned for Katy and Denton. The company was founded in 2014 and plans to have more than 80 units open by the end of the year and more than 170 by the end of 2017.
Several so-called Chipotle-style pizza chains have entered the Houston market in recent years. Bellevue, Washington-based Mod Pizza has opened nine Houston-area locations in less than two years and has leases for seven more. California-based Blaze Pizza recently announced another Houston-area location, and Malawi’s Pizza, which currently has three locations in Utah, announced in May it is planning its first Texas locations.
1000 Degrees touts an authentic Neapolitan take on the personalized, made-to-order trend among fast-casual pizza chains. Each pizza starts with fresh, hand-tossed dough in either a personal 10-inch or shareable 14-inch size, and diners can build their own creations or pick from more than 12 varieties of topping combinations. Pizzas are then cooked at 1,000 degrees in a revolving Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.
However, one aspect of Neapolitan pizza 1000 Degrees doesn’t include is the traditional slightly undercooked center. Instead, it “captures American appeal and old world Neapolitan flavor” to create a “thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan style pizza,” according to a press release.
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