Mountain Mike’s Pizza isn’t looking to become the official pizza of the NFL just yet – it has a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to be that franchise’s official pizza – but don’t rule it out. The fast-casual pizza chain is expanding at a safe speed for now, including its recent expansion into the Texas area.
The Southern California brand is beginning to branch out of its home state, with franchise deals in Utah, Oregon and Arizona, along with planning more units in California. In 2021, the company has already signed 100 franchise agreements with plans to open 25 more units by the end of the year.
With positive store growth in 2020, and by the looks of it 2021 as well, Mountain Mike’s will reach from coast to coast soon enough.
Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme were Stanford students in the 1980s when they discovered Mountain Mike’s Pizza’s first unit just off-campus. Almost four decades later, in 2017, they became co-owners and co-CEOs of the high-end pizza concept.
Britt spoke with Nation’s Restaurant News for the latest episode of Snapshots of Success to discuss the brand’s 13.3% increase in same-store sales in 2020 as well as the chain’s recent positive Q2 performance and growth outside of the West Coast. Plus, Britt talks about the celebration for both the brand’s 250th store and $250,000 million milestone.