Pie Five opening in Westport

Pie Five’s Five Star pizza
Pie Five’s Five Star pizza Pie Five

Pie Five Pizza Co. opens at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 in Westport.

KC Pie LLC, the area franchisee for Pie Five, is owner of the new restaurant at 534 Westport Road. It has garage doors that open to an outdoor patio in nicer weather.

KC Pie LLC also has locations in Lenexa and Overland Park. It also plans to open restaurants at 91st Street and Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park; Camelot Court at 119th Street and Roe Avenue, Leawood; and Mission's new Cornerstone Commons at 6819 Johnson Drive in spring/summer 2015.

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. The Pie Five name comes from the five minutes it takes to make the pizzas. It also serves signature entree salads and side salads.

Dave Goebel, former president and chief executive officer of Applebee's, 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.

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.

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