New pizza restaurant sets opening date for Kettering location

6:52 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016 What To Know

The fast-growing, Cleveland-based PizzaFire today announced an Aug. 22 opening date for its first Dayton-area restaurant coming to 4325 Far Hills Ave. in Kettering.

The Kettering location will employ about 20, and will occupy more than 3,000 square feet of space in the retail center that also includes Firehouse Subs and Chipotle. PizzaFire plans to add three or four more locations in the Dayton region, according to Ryan Rao, the budding chain’s director of business development.

With its “fast-casual,” built-to-order service line similar to Chipotle, PizzaFire is similar in concept to Kettering-based Rapid Fired Pizza.

PizzaFire has six locations in the Cleveland-Akron area and one in suburban Columbus, and another two dozen or so in the works in northeast and central Ohio. Just this week, PizzaFire signed a four-store franchise agreement in the Houston market. Company officials are projecting that they’ll have 50 units open by then end of 2017 in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and international locations.

The Kettering PizzaFire will be located near the intersection of Shroyer Road and Ohio 48, in a retail development that also includes Chipotle and Firehouse Subs.

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