Pie Five Pizza Co. to open five more area restaurants by mid-2015

07/30/2014 2:00 AM

07/30/2014 9:44 AM

Pie Five Pizza Co. is in expansion mode with five more area restaurants planned to open by next summer.

The first Pie Five opened in Fort Worth in 2011, combining handmade pizzas with fresh ingredients and the latest high-speed baking techniques. In 2012 it was named a Hot Concept of the Year by Nation's Restaurant News.

Customers can select from a variety of choices in crust, sauce, cheese, greens, meats and vegetables. Pie Five also has several 9-inch specialty pizzas, including chicken carbonara, barbecue pulled pork, vegetarian and the Athenian, and serves salads. The Pie Five name comes from the five minutes it takes to make the pizzas.

“Kansas City has responded extremely well to the concept — personal pizza perfection in less than five minutes,” said Kevin Goebel, an operating partner in KC Pie LLC, the area franchisee for Pie Five. “We want to give people more opportunities to enjoy Pie Five.”

KC Pie LLC has already opened locations in Lenexa and Overland Park. In the next year it plans to open five more locations.

534 Westport Road is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter 2014 with garage doors that will open to a patio during warmer weather.

1129 S.W. Wanamaker Road, Topeka, is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter 2014.

91st Street and Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, is scheduled to open in first quarter 2015 with a patio.

Camelot Court at 119th Street and Roe Avenue, Leawood, location would open in the first quarter of 2015.

A location in Mission’s new Cornerstone Commons at 6819 Johnson Drive in the second quarter of 2015.

Dave Goebel, former president and chief executive officer of Applebee's, and his wife Jan, and two of their triplet sons, Kerry and Kevin, signed a 10-unit Pie Five franchise agreement in May 2013. Kerry and Kevin are operating partners for KC Pie LLC. Their sister Lyssa Krumholtz is marketing director for KC Pie LLC.

Although their agreement is for 10 units in a market stretching into Manhattan, Kan., they could eventually open as many as 15 Pie Five restaurants just in the Kansas City metro.

Other fast-casual, customizable pizza places are already entering the market — from the Pizza Studio chain to local concepts like Pizza Manifesto. By being first to the market, companies can establish their brand before the competition and often get the pick of the best locations.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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