Fast-casual pizza brand teaches kids how to make pizzas in new education and entertainment center
With locations in 21 different countries, KidZania will open its first U.S. location at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco in fall of 2019. Pie Five will have two locations inside the first U.S. KidZania – one where kids will role play as chefs who make Pie Five pizzas and another as a restaurant on the mezzanine level inside KidZania for guests.
At KidZania, nearly a million children who visit each year have an opportunity to role-play more than 100 professions within an average 80,000-square-foot indoor city, helping them learn more about what careers they may be interested in, how a city works and how to manage money.
“The KidZania experience allows kids to learn about the world of work while building real-life skills like financial literacy, teamwork and problem solving,” said Greg Stevens, CEO of KidZania USA. “We’re excited to have Pie Five on board to give kids the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a chef as they expand their knowledge of different careers.”
Bob Bafundo, president of Rave Restaurant Group, said KidZania is the perfect match for a partnership with Pie Five because Pie Five appeals to kids of all ages.
“This is an excellent partnership for us because we’re able to educate children about how pizza is made, and even more importantly, about teamwork,” Bafundo said. “Teamwork is at the root of every successful company, and this partnership allows us to make a positive impact on generations to come. We can’t wait to be a part of the KidZania team, and we look forward to the growth this brand is bringing to our country.”
Pie Five’s fast-casual concept provides guests with a fully customizable experience from start to finish. With more than 30 fresh toppings, six savory sauces and five crust choices, there’s a delicious pairing to match every guest’s preference. In addition to offering low-carb Cauliflower Crust, Pie Five accommodates dietary restrictions with its gluten-free crust and vegan cheese options.
About Pie Five Pizza
Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza is a subsidiary of Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE). Rave owns, franchises and supplies more than 250 Pie Five and Pizza Inn restaurants operating domestically and internationally. Pie Five Pizza is the leading brand in the rapidly growing fast casual pizza space, offering individual handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients made to order in less than five minutes. The brand was named among Fast Casual’s Top “Movers & Shakers” for three consecutive years, 2015 “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine, 2012 Hot Concepts winner by Nation’s Restaurant News and one of “10 Hot New Restaurant Chains from Established Brands” by Forbes.com. For more information, please visit PieFivePizza.com
About KidZania USA
At KidZania USA, kids can take part in exciting and educational real-life adventures. Filling an average 80,000-square-foot indoor facility, KidZania is a safe, inclusive city built just for kids. KidZania provides kids with the opportunity to try more than 100 careers, such as a firefighter, journalist, chef, surgeon and more. KidZania is designed to educate, empower and entertain kids ages 4-14, bridging the gap between school and their future. Founded in 1999, KidZania Global has 27 locations in 21 countries. For more information about the KidZania USA openings in Dallas (November 2019), Chicago (2020), New York (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), visit www.kidzaniausa.com.