TODAY: Free pizza at Rapid Fired’s new Englewood restaurant

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Rapid Fired Pizza continues its rapid expansion

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A fast-expanding pizza chain that hands out free pies to celebrate a new store opening will do just that today, Tuesday, March 21, starting at 10:30 a.m. in Englewood.

The new Rapid Fired Pizza opened to the public Monday, March 20, at 1080 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) just north of I-70 in Englewood. But that opening day was just a prelude to the main event today. Each customer can score one free personal pizza. Drinks are not included; no other purchase necessary.

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New Rapid-Fired Pizza locations that have done the same thing in recent weeks usually reach the 500 limit by mid-afternoon, Rapid Fired co-founder Kelly Gray told this news outlet last week.

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“We are so excited to open our doors in the Northmont community,” Gray, herself a Miami Valley Career Technology Center graduate, said in a release. The MVCTC is located in Englewood.

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The ownership team also includes Anthony Despain, a 2013 graduate of Northmont High School in Englewood.

The chain launched its first restaurant in September 2015 in Washington Twp. and has opened several more in succession in the last 18 months, including locations in Fairborn, Sugarcreek Twp., Huber Heights, Kettering, Springfield, Middletown, Lima, Oxford, Greenville, and Montgomery in northern Cincinnati.

Additional locations are in various stages of development in Troy, Beavercreek, Sandusky, Bowling Green, Westerville, Hilliard, Union Twp. and Florence, Ky. The chain expects to have at least 35 locations open by the end of 2017.

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Rapid Fired restaurants have a quick-service concept, utilizing 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.

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Beer and wine are not on the drinks menu yet in Englewood, but will be soon, Rapid Fired’s founders said. A “Pepsi Spire” provides more than 120 soft-drink combinations.

Restaurant hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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