LEXINGTON, Ky. — Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza has opened near the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington on South Limestone Street.
The Lexington Blaze Pizza is the eighth location for the Louisville-based Millennial Restaurant Group, which is developing the concept in Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. The partnership consists of James Patterson Sr., Jim Patterson II, Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman, Wayne Albritton and Collins Cogan.
As the nation’s leading build-your-own pizza concept, Blaze Pizza offers a new take on one of America’s favorite foods. Known for custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies, Blaze Pizza is “blazing the trail” for fast-casual pizza concepts.
Unlike traditional pizza chains, Blaze features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to create their own artisanal pizzas, choosing as many toppings as they like from a wide selection of house made sauces, fresh vegetables and hand-selected meats and cheeses—all for under $8. The 11-inch pizzas are then sent to the blazing hot oven where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are “fast-fire’d” and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.
“We’re taking pizza back to its roots—making dough in-house, carefully sourcing ingredients, and cooking by fire,” said Rodney Poston, operating partner for Blaze Pizza in Kentucky. “The authenticity of our food, plus a service culture that genuinely focuses on the happiness of our guests and crew—have clearly been key to our popularity and expansion.”
Blaze Pizza makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brad Kent (“The Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. The restaurant’s menu also accommodates a range of dietary needs, with gluten-free dough and vegan cheese.
The new location will be open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight daily and plans to extend hours when school is in session. The location also offers a selection of wine and craft beer.