Popular Evansville pizza experience is expanding to Greenwood in June 2020.
Azzip (AY-ZIP) Pizza is expanding from its hometown of Evansville to Greenwood, IN and is planning to open on June 8, 2020. The new location, originally slated to open on March 29, will mark Azzip’s first Indianapolis-area location and tenth overall.
“Although this hasn’t been the ideal timing to enter the Indy market, we are nonetheless so excited to be opening our first Azzip location here. It has always been on our bucket list of places where we think Azzip would thrive. Azzip is all about creating delicious experiences for our guests and that really matters here in Indy. We feel like we can stand out and be different even in a big market like Indy,” says Brad Niemeier.
The fast-casual pizza restaurant is known for its flaky, golden crust and creative specialty pizzas. Azzip allows customers to create something delicious from an array of flavorful sauces and freshly prepared toppings before baking right in front of them in under three minutes. Customers with dietary needs and preferences also have options from low-carb cauliflower and gluten-free crusts to dairy-free cheese and plant-based sausage. Warm chocolate chunk cookies complete the experience.
Brad created and pitched the concept for Azzip in 2012 on the way to winning a business plan competition idea when he was a student at Purdue University. After school, he returned to his hometown of Evansville and teamed up with long-time friend and professional chef Blake Kollker to open the first restaurant in 2014. Since then, they have been awarded the “Best New Restaurant” by Evansville Living Magazine and Brad has been recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Southwest Indiana Chamber for his innovative approach to serving pizza and the fast growth of his business. Azzip was recently honored as a top 100 national fast-casual “Mover and Shaker” by Fast Casual magazine. The annual list honors the industry’s top restaurant brands and Azzip joined the 2020 list at #67.
Since opening the first location, Brad recruited his family to help grow Azzip (which is pizza spelled backwards). Dad (Dan) retired to manage new store construction and store maintenance, Mom (Laura) keeps the books, older brother (Andy) partners as Co-CEO, and younger brother (Craig) is the head of operations. “Adopted” family member Blake, the chef behind the popular Pizza Of The Month program at Azzip, has developed fan favorites such as a fig jam and bacon pizza (Figgy Piggy), a hibachi inspired pizza (General Yum Yum), and a white BBQ and smoked chicken pizza (White Lightning).
“The timing is tough, but we have been able to open 9 stores’ dining rooms back up and create a safe environment for our teams and for our customers. We have gone above and beyond what the state is requiring us to do. This is our new normal and we are adjusting to it the best we can.” says Niemeier
The Greenwood Azzip is located near the intersection of Hwy 31 & Stop 11 in Greenwood, IN. Azzip offers online ordering for curbside delivery as well as dining room and patio seating. For information about careers at Azzip or for other questions, call 812-909-4144, visit azzippizza.com or find them on Facebook.
Azzip Pizza was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The family-owned and operated business is committed to serving personal and delicious pizzas on a flaky, golden crust with an array of sauces and freshly prepared toppings. Azzip is also dedicated to leading as a great employer and rewarding its valuable team. Their current locations are in Evansville, Newburgh, Bloomington, Terre Haute, and Lafayette, IN, and Bowling Green and Owensboro KY. azzippizza.com 812.909.4144