Rapid Fired Pizza adds Cincinnati-area location

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Rapid Fired Pizza adds Cincinnati-area location

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Rapid Fired Pizza is expanding to Portsmouth in southern Ohio. SUBMITTED

Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza will open its 19th restaurant at 720 Eastgate South Drive in Cincinnati on Tuesday, Aug. 15, the restaurant chain’s spokeswoman said this morning.

The 2,300-square-foot restaurant near the Eastgate Jungle Jim’s International Market will seat up to 66, and will be owned and operated by franchisees Zach and Becky Renfrow, Rapid Fired officials said in a release.

Rapid Fired Pizza continues its rapid expansion

The news comes only a few months after Rapid Fired Pizza announced agreements with developers to add more than 200 more new locations in Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. And Rapid Fired co-founder Ray Wiley said last month that the chain is close to a similar agreement to add another 50 locations in California.

Rapid Fired has opened nearly one restaurant a month for the last 20 months or so, including one last week in Portsmouth, Ohio. It has about a dozen more under construction.

The chain utilizes a quick-service concept, featuring a serving line in which customers pick out the toppings for their 11-inch thin-crust or 9-inch pan pizza. Customers can choose from eight sauces, eight cheeses, more than 30 toppings, and 19 dipping sauces to build their pizza, or try one of the 10 craft pizzas on the menu. Salads, breadsticks, and desserts are also available, as are craft beer and wine at most locations.

The first Rapid Fired Pizza opened in September 2015 on Ohio 725 east of the Dayton Mall, and the chain’s founders say they expect to have at least 35 open by the end of 2017.

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