March 27, 2007 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla – Pizza Fusion ( www.pizzafusion.com ), the leader in organic, quick-service food and a better quality of life, kicked off the opening of their first franchise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend with a highly successful launch party. 600 people showed up on Saturday to be the first to taste the new restaurant's offerings, consuming more than 300 pizzas and an extensive list of organic beer and wine.
“The entire event was wonderful. We had an overwhelming turnout from the community who couldn't get enough of our organic offerings,” Vaughan Lazar, co-founder of Pizza Fusion, explains. “Each time we brought a pizza out of the oven, it was gone in a matter of seconds. Everyone seemed to appreciate the healthy aspect of our food, but more than anything they raved over the taste of our pizza and the uniqueness of our specialty pies.”
The grand opening took place Saturday, March 24 th from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, live entertainment, product samples and free organic beer and wine, as well as raffle prizes from Anheuser-Busch, Bloomingdale's, Newman's Own Organics and more. More than $1000 in proceeds generated from the raffle is being donated to the Celiac Disease Foundation, which provides support and assistance to those battling the disease.
Michael Block, along with Jeffrey and Sandra Yagoda, are the franchisees of the new location. Michael Block is currently director of CoreGear, an outdoor sportswear company, and serves on the board of Voices For Children, a foundation that provides support and financial assistance to abused and neglected children. Prior to that he was a top executive for Hasbro, the world's second largest maker of games and toys.
Jeffrey and Sandra Yagoda bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Pizza Fusion. Jeffrey is a proven leader in the restaurant franchise industry with over 24 years of experience. Currently, Jeffrey and Sandra own and operate a KFC and Taco Bell combo franchise, which ranked in the top 5% for the state of Florida in sales and has been consistently awarded by KFC Corporate for outstanding sales, leadership, and operational excellence.
“The popularity of the organic food industry coupled with Pizza Fusion's aggressive environmental approach makes for an amazing restaurant concept that has entered the market at just the right time,” Jeffrey Yagoda explains. “However, their concept wouldn't be a success without the high quality of their product. They've mastered the art of the pizzeria with a pie that's taste speaks for itself. From the oval shape of our gourmet pizzas to the unique taste of our specialty pies, it's a pizza unlike any other. Once you try it, you'll be hooked.”
The new store is 1,200 square feet with a raw, modern, earthy design that reflects the bare, basic approach to organic and sustainable living using accents from the natural elements of the earth. In addition to the Fort Lauderdale location, the entrepreneurial trio also purchased the entire Miami Dade territory with plans to open locations in both Aventura and South Beach in Miami.
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About Pizza Fusion
Founded by college buddies Michael Gordon and Vaughan Lazar in February of 2006, Pizza Fusion offers an all-natural and organic menu of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, salads, desserts, beers, wines and more. Pizza Fusion addresses the needs of today's health conscious consumer with concern for both the individual and environment. By promoting the organic movement and practicing an eco-friendly approach in all operations of the company, Pizza Fusion is ‘Saving the Earth, One Pizza at a Time'. Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pizza Fusion is franchising across the United States. For additional information, visit: www.pizzafusion.com .
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