Franchise Partners Expand the Craft Beer Authority’s Presence in Arizona
Broomfield, CO (RestaurantNews.com) Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, an energetic and welcoming full service restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza, distinctive taproom fare and world class local and regional craft beer selection, announced that their franchise partner, OC Restaurants, LLC., will be opening a new Old Chicago location in Chandler, Arizona in early 2019.
“We are excited to be under construction for our new Old Chicago in Chandler,” says Jim Gardner, Operating Principle of OC Restaurants, LLC., a Colorado Springs based franchisee group with a location currently in Hays, KS, and plans to open additional Old Chicago locations in Elko, NV; St. Joseph, MO, and others in the Phoenix, AZ area. “It’s great to partner with such a great franchise. This Old Chicago location will be the new prototype that this market has not yet seen, and we are excited to bring it to Chandler.” Besides this new Town Center Mall Chandler location, the group is looking to bring additional locations to the Phoenix area in the next five years.
“We’re thrilled to be continuing nationwide expansion with franchise partners who have been committed to accelerating the growth and success of Old Chicago,” said Mark A. Belanger, CFE, Vice President of Global Franchise Operations and Development for CraftWorks Holdings, LLC, operating company of Old Chicago. “We’re continuing to make significant investments into our company that reinforce Old Chicago’s growth potential and position our franchisees for success, so that they ultimately want to expand their portfolio and introduce Old Chicago to new markets. These agreements are a testament to the strength of our evolving business model and exceptional offerings, and we look forward to developing new Old Chicago locations across the country.”
Old Chicago opened seven new locations in 2018 growing their presence in Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, and Georgia. 2019 adds plans for additional restaurants including locations in Utah, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Nevada, Kansas, and Arizona, with plans to open 70 more units over the next five years. “We are excited for our future growth in 2019 and beyond” states Belanger. With its 5,000 square foot building with an additional 1,000 square feet of outdoor patio space, upgraded bar technology, enriched guest proven menu categories, and thorough beer-centric hourly training, Old Chicago continues to further enhance the guest experience.
A growing brand with over 22 years of successful franchise partnerships, Old Chicago is an established multi-unit concept with proven processes to support franchisees with site selection, lease agreements, facility design, operational training and marketing. To fuel franchise growth, the company is seeking multi-unit operators with business, management and foodservice and/or restaurant experience, and a passion for and commitment to exceptional customer service. For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.
About Old Chicago
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom (Old Chicago) is a traditional, casual dining restaurant specializing in Chicago-style pizzas, taproom classics and craft beer. Founded in 1976, Old Chicago operates in 23 states with more than 100 restaurants. A top loyalty brand in the U.S., award winning and voted Best Franchise to buy in 2018 by Franchise Times. With over 30 craft beers on tap, Old Chicago is also the home of the World Beer Tour, which rewards members for enjoying 110 of the best craft beers from across the globe. Visit www.oldchicago.com to learn more and to find the restaurant nearest you. For information about franchise opportunities, visit www.ocfranchising.com.
About CraftWorks Holdings, LLC
CraftWorks Holdings, LLC is a leader in full-service dining, with a national footprint of over 390 restaurants and breweries in 40 states and the District of Columbia. CraftWorks Holdings is dedicated to providing affordable and unique takes on American fare, offering its customers a differentiated dining experience and compelling value proposition. The company’s diverse portfolio of restaurant brands includes Logan’s Roadhouse, a leading mid-scale steakhouse serving mesquite wood-fire grilled steaks; Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, which specializes in hand-crafted signature pizzas and a wide array of craft beer on tap; and the Brewery Division, a collection of restaurant-brewery brands, including Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries and Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, featuring high quality, locally brewed craft beer paired with a craveable beer-centric menu. CraftWorks is not only committed to serving its loyal guests, but also the communities in which its restaurants operate. The CraftWorks Foundation has contributed millions of dollars, positively impacting communities throughout the country. For additional information about CraftWorks, the Foundation, and its restaurant brands, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.