1000 Degrees fires up pizza in Willmar

WILLMAR — Not only does the oven at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria actually cook the pies at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, there are literally thousands of pizza combinations possible — between 33,000 and 34,000 to be exact.

“There is no shortage of pizza,” owner Carl Lindblad said.

Carl owns the restaurant with his wife, Courtney Lindblad, and the two are excited to be opening the first 1000 Degree franchise in Minnesota in Willmar, only a short distance from their native Benson.

“That is something we’re pretty proud of,” Courtney Lindblad said.

The pizzeria is located at 1700 1st St. S., attached to Cullen’s Home Center. The grand opening is Thursday, with free pizza and other giveaways, including free pizza for a year.

When customers come in to order their pizza, they will be able to choose from three different crusts, eight sauces, seven cheeses, seven meats and 14 vegetables. The menu also includes salads, wings and breadsticks. There is no limit to the number of toppings allowed on the pizza and it’s all for one price. No extra charges for extra toppings.

“You can order something specific to you. Put whatever you want on it,” Courtney Lindblad said.

The oven, which is so big a wall had to be removed to install it in the restaurant, is a brick oven, which gives the pizza a different flavor than traditionally baked pizza and it cooks it in about two minutes. The Lindblads said it usually takes customers longer to decide what they want on their pizza than it take to actually cook it.

Both husband and wife grew up in Benson with parents who owned their own businesses. Courtney’s father Craig Johnson owns nine Subway restaurants, while Carl’s father, Craig Lindblad, owns Craig’s Refrigeration. The couple dated in high school, had a long-distance relationship during college and got married four years ago. Courtney Lindblad went to school for human resources, while Carl Lindblad was a mechanical engineer at first. However, their family and entrepreneurial spirit kept pulling them back home to Benson.

“It’s a great place to be,” Courtney Lindblad said.

It was Courtney Lindblad’s father and a business partner who discovered the 1000 Degree opportunity and both the Lindblads and Courtney’s sister and brother-in-law, Emillie and Karl Larsen, ran with it. The Larsens own the 1000 Degree restaurants in Brookings and Watertown, South Dakota.

“If we didn’t have our family around, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” Courtney Lindblad said.

Courtney Lindblad admitted there have been a few comments regarding yet another pizza restaurant opening in Willmar, but she feels 1000 Degrees offers a high-quality product for an affordable price, along with giving Willmar a fast-casual dining experience.

“This concept can thrive in any community. It caters to the customers wants and needs,” Courtney Lindblad said.

While Courtney Lindblad will work sometimes at 1000 Degrees, she is also going to continue working full-time for her family’s Subway stores. It will really be Carl Lindblad running the oven at 1000 Degrees.

“Everything you see here, that is him,” Courtney Lindblad said.

While 1000 Degrees of Willmar doesn’t have its grand opening until Thursday, the restaurant quietly opened its doors on June 8, as a soft opening to allow time for staff to get the hang of their new jobs. However, the secret didn’t keep for long. The store had its first official customer at exactly 10 a.m. June 8, right when the open sign switched on. That followed a private party held June 7, which drew curious visitors as well, hoping for their first try of the fire baked pizza.

“The community has been waiting a while,” Courtney Lindblad said.

From what they know about small businesses and small towns, the Lindblads believe they will be welcomed to the area with open arms and look forward to introducing the Willmar region to their special brand of pizza.

“Hopefully we’ll start with a bang. That would be great,” Courtney Lindblad said.

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com.

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Life of pie: 1000 Degrees Pizzeria heats up the competition

That’s what Scott Salem, co-general manager of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, told his employees a few days prior to the restaurant’s May 18 opening.

“The dough must be soft and airy,” he explained, “but it also has to have a good crust.”

For the past several weeks, Salem, along with his co-general manager Jesse Miller, had been holding a pizza-making boot camp at 1000 Degrees’ 1388 Hamilton Blvd., location.

Not only was it important to allow the hand-tossed dough to proof for 48 hours, it was equally important to have the freshest of ingredients.

After all, the 1000 Degrees — a 3-year-old New Jersey-based pizza chain — is known for featuring an incredible number of toppings.

“While we have more than 10 signature pizzas, we also offer unlimited toppings for one flat price whenever a customer wants to create his own pizza,” Salem said. “For instance, a customer can choose the size of crust as well as a sauce, cheese, meats and a pick of any veggies.”

“You can literally create a different pizza every time you walk into 1000 Degrees,” interjected Miller.

Similar to a Subway or Chipotle restaurant, a 1000 Degrees customer will walk in and order through a build-your-own pizza type assembly line. The made-to-order pizzas are then cooked in a 1000-degree Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.

“That’s the key,” Miller said. “It may take a customer three minutes to personalize his order and another two minutes for the pizza to bake.”

“So, in a little more than five minutes, our customer will have a piping hot  pizza,” Salem added. “It’s as simple as that.”

Both Salem and Miller were formerly with Bev’s on the River. Looking for a new venture, they were drawn to 1000 Degrees, a growing franchise with locations in more 20 states.

“Since Sioux City’s 1000 Degrees is the first location in Iowa, we get to set the standard,” Miller said. “Plus, it’s exciting to bring this new concept to Siouxland.”

Salem nodded his head in agreement.

“Our restaurant is fresh, fun and has really good pizza,” he said with a grin. “I mean who doesn’t like pizza.”

At 1000 Degrees, pizzas come in 10- and 14-inch sizes in addition to a gluten-free crust that is available on request. Customers have the choice of ordering such signature pies as the Hawaiian Fire (Canadian bacon, banana peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and a spicy Sriracha marinara); the Tuscan Chicken (grilled chicken, spinach, shredded mozzarella, asiago and marinated balsamic sun-dried tomatoes); and the Meatza (pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, shredded mozzarella and a signature marinara).

“OK, what’s your favorite pizza?” Salem asked Miller. “Personally, I go back and forth between our White Out pizza (fresh mushrooms, garlic, Parmesan, shredded mozzarella and extra virgin olive oil) and the Buffalo Chicken (grilled chicken, blue cheese crumbles, shredded mozzarella and Buffalo sauce).”

“Our Buffalo chicken pizza is amazing,” Miller said.

Not in the mood for pizza? 1000 Degrees also offers salads and customizeable, fire-roasted wings that come in six flavors.

As his employees makes practice pies, Salem is satisfied with their level of skill.

“Fast-casual restaurants are the rage across the country and what sets 1000 Degrees apart from the rest is the quality of our food and the quality of our people,” he said. “Taken together, that’s a winning combination.”

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com.

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By   – Reporter, Orlando Business Journal

A New Jersey pizza brand has signed on a franchisee to open its first Orlando stores and create up to 36 new jobs.

Matt Peach, an Orlando resident and new franchisee of Bridgewater, N.J.-based 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, is opening the brand’s first two eateries in the area by the end of the year, he told Orlando Business Journal. Letters of intent are out for two locations — one in Windermere and one in Winter Park — but Peach also is eyeing new construction near the Mall at Millenia.

A specific Millenia-area location was not given, but Peach said it’s near Super Target and Costco, which aligns with the new Millenia Plaza Way commercial construction that will include Pei Wei Asian Diner and Zoës Kitchen, as previously reported by OBJ.

Each new 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will create 16-18 jobs, and applications for those will open in October, Peach said.

Customization is the top factor at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza. Fifteen specialty pizzas like Hawaiian Fire — spicy sriracha marinara, shredded mozzarella, Canadian bacon, banana peppers and pineapple chunks — and a make-your-own option are available.

“In my opinion, it’s a totally different pizza experience. You go to the line, pick out all your own toppings, it’s put in a brick oven and about 2 minutes later you have the pizza,” Peach said.

Beyond the first two, even more 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza locations are on Peach’s radar. Submarkets he’s eyeing are east Orlando near the University of Central Florida, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo and Kissimmee, he said.

New restaurants not only bring jobs, but they also bring vendor and construction opportunities for local firms.

The chain offers 12 specialty pizzas, including favorites like the Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses. Pizzas are fired at 1000 degrees in a Neapolitan brick oven and cook in about two minutes.

It’s all about options at 1000 Degrees, where patrons can get a 10-inch or 14-inch pizza with seven different meat options, 12 types of veggies and eight varieties of cheeses and sauces, all assembled in front of your eyes. Pizza crusts are a classic Neapolitan style, or a Roman style that is a thicker variety that’s rolled out into more of a flatbread.

For more information please visit

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando:/blog/2016/08/new-jersey-pizza-brand-expanding-to-orlando.html

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please call 609-382-3022, contact Lauren Heininger via phone at 609-382-3022, OR visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com

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A new pizza place, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, opened in Omaha on Thursday.

The restaurant is at 17676 Welch Plaza and is part of a Sioux City-based chain that has locations around the country. Its website shows a planned second location in Elkhorn, at 1405 S. 204th St.

The restaurant serves a variety of customizable pizzas in 10- and 14-inch sizes on both regular and gluten-free crusts. A thicker pizza crust, called the Roman style, also is available.

Each pizza is cooked in a custom-built Neapolitan oven that reaches 1,000 degrees and cooks in an average of two minutes. The menu also includes salads, breadsticks and fire-roasted wings.

New restaurants not only bring jobs, but they also bring vendor and construction opportunities for local firms.

The chain offers 12 specialty pizzas, including favorites like the Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses. Pizzas are fired at 1000 degrees in a Neapolitan brick oven and cook in about two minutes.

It’s all about options at 1000 Degrees, where patrons can get a 10-inch or 14-inch pizza with seven different meat options, 12 types of veggies and eight varieties of cheeses and sauces, all assembled in front of your eyes. Pizza crusts are a classic Neapolitan style, or a Roman style that is a thicker variety that’s rolled out into more of a flatbread.

For more information please visit

http://www.omaha.com/go/dining-notes-degrees-pizza-to-open-first-omaha-location/article_4b8d1c7a-aa0c-11e7-aea4-0ff4e1669680.html

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please call 609-382-3022, contact Lauren Heininger via phone at 609-382-3022, OR visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com

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1000 DEGREES NEAPOLITAN PIZZERIA OPENS IN TOLEDO

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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, a fast-casual restaurant franchise that serves hand-tossed pizza, is moving into the plaza at 5380 Monroe St., which houses Verizon Wireless and The Shed. The pizzeria opened at the end of March. 1000degreespizza.com

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com.

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A pizza concept with the hottest name is firing up its Katy restaurant this week.

The eatery, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, plans to open Feb. 9 at 24600 Katy Freeway, according to a release. The fast-casual concept offers hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza pies.

It’s the third Houston-area location for the New Jersey-based chain. John Bockof Bock Restaurants LLC, along with wife Brenda and friends Travis and Elizabeth Masterson, are behind the expansion. The group expects to open two more 1000 Degrees locations in Sugar Land and Spring later in 2017.

The chain’s other two Houston locations are 18032 Saturn Lane in Nassau Bay and 8035 Spencer Highway in Deer Park.

1000 Degrees is a Chipotle-style eatery and offers customizable pizzas with 35 different cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings. The Katy location is also BYOB, per the release.

The chain offers 12 specialty pizzas, including favorites like the Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses. Pizzas are fired at 1000 degrees in a Neapolitan brick oven and cook in about two minutes.

It’s all about options at 1000 Degrees, where patrons can get a 10-inch or 14-inch pizza with seven different meat options, 12 types of veggies and eight varieties of cheeses and sauces, all assembled in front of your eyes. Pizza crusts are a classic Neapolitan style, or a Roman style that is a thicker variety that’s rolled out into more of a flatbread.

For more information please visit

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/02/08/fast-casual-pizza-chain-to-open-newest-houston.htmlor call 609-382-3022

For more information on the 1000 Degrees Pizza brand, or for franchise or investor relations, please visit the company website at www.1000DegreesPizza.com.

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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, came to the Katy area on Feb. 9. The new restaurant is located at 24600 Katy Freeway, next to the Field & Stream and Bed Bath and Beyond.

1000 Degrees serves personalized, made-to-order Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with Neapolitan flour and available in both a personal 10-inch and sharable 14-inch sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

The Katy 1000 Degrees location is the third in the greater Houston area, and is owned and operated by local entrepreneur John Bock of Bock Restaurants LLC, along with his wife, Brenda, and friends Travis and Elizabeth Masterson.

Bock has worked in the restaurant industry for 22 and currently works in real estate, while his wife Brenda teaches in the Early Childhood Autism program in the Katy Independent School District. Travis is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army.

Robert Rankin, an experienced restaurant manager in the area, will step in as director of operations.

As longtime residents of the Katy area, the entrepreneurs were drawn to the brand’s authenticity, proprietary oven and devotion to serving fresh, high quality ingredients. The entrepreneurial team is set to open two more 1000 Degrees locations in Sugar Land and Spring later this year.

“We’re thrilled to open our first 1000 Degrees location in our hometown of Katy. We want to give back to this great community and we look forward to opening our doors and sharing our love for premium fast-casual pizza with the residents of Katy,” said Bock.

Customers can choose to top their pizzas with any of the more than 35 cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create their pizza. 1000 Degrees Katy also offers customers the option to BYOB.

Outside of the build your own option, there are more than 12 varieties of specialty pizzas including favorites like The Smokey Pollo, also known as Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses, and The Philly, which is a cheese steak pizza topped with thinly sliced rib-eye, caramelized Spanish onions, balsamic glaze, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Pizzas are then fired at 1000 degrees in a custom, handmade, revolving Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.

“We’re thrilled to further expand our brand throughout Texas,” said 1000 Degrees CEO/founder Brian Petruzzi.

Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan-style pizza.

1000 Degrees Katy is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more about 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza or to be part of its daily free pizza contests, visit www.facebook.com/1000-Degrees-Neapolitan-Pizzeria-of-Katy or call 281-547-1087.

1000 Degrees has more than 18 domestic restaurants open and two international locations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

A few weeks ago, I was asked to check out a new pizza restaurant in Colorado, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza. As a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, I was stoked to try out a new spot. To be totally honest, I was skeptical a franchise could create a real Neapolitan pizza. Having spent a lot of time in Italy, I have had some of the best Neapolitan style pizza in the world. I also search out the best pizza joints in any town I visit. So basically, I can be a pizza snob, especially when it comes to Neapolitan style pizzas.

The verdict? AMAZING! 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is delicious. Authentic Neapolitan pizza is a thin crust with slightly burnt edges from being cooked at almost 900 degrees. 1000 Degrees dough is made fresh daily and hand tossed. Each pizza is assembled in front of you as you order. Once completed they are placed in 1000 Degree’s specially made ovens that cook your pizza to perfection in about 2 mins.

The result is perfectly thin and crispy, burnt edge Neapolitan pizza you would expect from a fancy Italian restaurant. But it’s not, it’s from a quick service joint and every pizza is under $9.00! Plus gelato and a great selection of beer and wine,1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is all my pizza dreams come true!

I was honestly taken aback my how good the crust was. In a moment of weakness, I ordered the bacon mac and cheese pizza, while totally delicious, not really the best pizza to accompany this amazing Neapolitan crust. Next time I’ll be ordering The Tuscan Chicken or Classic Margarita.

1000 Degrees currently only has one location in Federal Heights, but will soon open multiple locations across the Denver metro area and Boulder. This place is going to kill, in Boulder!

P.S. Wednesday Night is Student Night at the Federal Heights locations. Show your student ID to get a pizza and fountain drink for $7.00.

P.P.S. You can also order online for pick up – jackpot!

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1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza will open its third Houston area location Thursday in Katy.

The restaurant, which offers build-your own thin crust pizzas baked in a 1,000 degree oven, will be at 24600 Katy Freeway near the Grand Parkway next to Field & Stream and Bed Bath and Beyond. Customers can bring their own (adult) beverages.

The location is owned and operated by John Bock of Bock Restaurants, along with his wife, Brenda, and friends Travis and Elizabeth Masterson.

Customizable Fast-Casual Pizza Chain Offers Free 10” Pizza for All Guests, Chance to Win Pizza for a Year

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, is coming to the west Houston metro area on Thursday, Feb 9. The new restaurant is located at 24600 Katy Freeway, next to the Field & Stream and Bed Bath and Beyond.

To celebrate the new restaurant, the first 10 guests through the doors on Thursday, February 9 at 11 a.m. will win free pizza for a year. In addition, all guests who visit the grand opening between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. and like 1000 Degrees on Facebook or follow on Instagram or Twitter will receive a free 10” pizza of their choice while supplies last. Throughout the day, 1000 Degrees Katy will also award ten randomly selected guests with free pizza for a year.

1000 Degrees serves personalized, made-to-order authentic Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with authentic Neapolitan flour and available in both a personal 10” and sharable 14” sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

The Katy 1000 Degrees location is the third location in the greater Houston area, and is owned and operated by local entrepreneur John Bock of Bock Restaurants LLC, along with his wife Brenda and friends Travis and Elizabeth Masterson. Bock has worked in the restaurant industry for 22 and currently works in real estate, while his wife Brenda teaches in the Early Childhood Autism program in the Katy Independent School District. Travis is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army. Robert Rankin, an experienced restaurant manager in the area, will step in as Director of Operations. As longtime residents of the Katy area, the entrepreneurs were drawn to the brand’s authenticity, proprietary oven and devotion to serving fresh, high quality ingredients. The entrepreneurial team is set to open two more 1000 Degrees locations in Sugar Land and Spring later this year.

“We’re thrilled to open our first 1000 Degrees location in our hometown of Katy. We want to give back to this great community and we look forward to opening our doors and sharing our love for premium fast-casual pizza with the residents of Katy,” said Bock. “1000 Degrees offers some of the best tasting specialty pizzas, and guests are sure to appreciate our fresh, hand-made dough and quality toppings.”

Customizing a 1000 Degrees pizza is truly a unique experience, as guests can choose to top theirs with any of the more than 35 high quality cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create a pizza that is totally unique to them. 1000 Degrees Katy also offers customers the option to BYOB.

Outside of the build your own option, there are more than 12 varieties of specialty pizzas including favorites like The Smokey Pollo, also known as Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses, and The Philly, which is a cheese steak pizza topped with thinly sliced rib-eye, caramelized Spanish onions, balsamic glaze, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Pizzas are then fired to perfection at 1000 degrees in a custom, handmade, revolving Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.

“We’re thrilled to further expand our brand throughout Texas,” said 1000 Degrees CEO and Founder Brian Petruzzi. “I’m confident that we serve the best hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza in the Houston metro area and provide an unparalleled customer experience that will keep people coming back for more.”

Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan style pizza.

1000 Degrees pizza captures American appeal and old world Neapolitan flavor. The company currently has more than 18 domestic restaurants open and two international locations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1000 Degrees is growing at a rapid pace, estimating it will open more than 50 units by the end of this year.

1000 Degrees Katy is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more about 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza or to be part of its daily free pizza contests, please visit https://www.facebook.com/1000-Degrees-Neapolitan-Pizzeria-of-Katy or call (281) 547-1087.