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Turkey Creek getting new popular pizza restaurant
By Knoxville Daily Sun Staff


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Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza will open at Turkey Creek in March 2016.

Turkey Creek is welcoming a new restaurant in March 2016. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, a fast casual artisanal pizza concept restaurant is opening at 10978 Parkside Drive, between Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks. This marks the third Blaze Pizza in the Volunteer State and the second in Knoxville.

Blaze Pizza is popular for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies since it opened its first location in 2012. The restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of ingredients – all for around $8. The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.

“Considering the success of our first Knoxville location, opening a second restaurant was a no-brainer,” said Mike Forte, Knoxville resident and Blaze Operating Partner in Tennessee. “Knoxville diners know Blaze Pizza offers a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience, along with a wide range of options to create the perfect, custom pie. We look forward to continuing our growth here and throughout Tennessee.”

Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch, using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The new Knoxville restaurant will also offer a selection of beers.

Blaze Pizza’s authenticity and its culture that genuinely focuses on the happiness of their guests and crew, has been the key to the concept’s popularity and expansion. Blaze’s close attention to detail extends well beyond the food, as seen by its carefully considered, modern approach to restaurant design. Award-winning design architect Ana Henton is adding several unique, modern touches, including an oversized wall mural, custom designed to suit the space.

In keeping with its commitment to “Intelligent Choices for Our Pizzas, People & Planet,” Blaze Pizza will be constructed with recycled and sustainable materials, use eco-friendly packaging and feature energy-efficient LED lighting. The 4,000 square foot interior will include seating for over 100 inside and additional seating outside.

The new restaurant will be operated by Millennial Restaurant Group. The partnership consists of James Patterson Sr., Jim Patterson II, Ulysses (Junior) Bridgeman, Wayne Albritton and Collins Cogan.

Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel, the first Blaze Pizza® restaurant opened on Aug. 6, 2012, in Irvine, Calif. Its concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please visit and

Published January 24, 2016

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