Your Pie franchisee Bob Rosato of Peachtree City, Georgia shares his wealth knowledge with Fast Casual on five ways a great team member experience leads to a great guest experience. Bob is an early adopter of the Your Pie franchise and is preparing to open his second store in LaGrange, Georgia on June 22, 2018.
Fast Casual: Your Pie franchisee offers 5 ways a great team experience leads to a great guest experience
Drew French, founder of Your Pie, was named one of 16 Young Restaurant Leaders to Watch by QSR magazine.
- ITALIAN INFLUENCE
Founders Drew and Natalie French first conceptualized Your Pie while honeymooning with family in Ischia, Italy. From hand-tossed dough to brick oven cooking, all 50+ locations retain authentic Italian influence. Full story via Fast Casual!
- COMMITMENT TO CRAFT
Your Pie’s rotating Craft Series menu features inventive, seasonal recipes. The fan-favorite Peach Prosciutto Pie was named one of America’s Most Innovative Menu Items and earned founder Drew French a spot on the U.S. Pizza Team.
- COMMUNITY GIVEBACK
Community is integral to the Your Pie experience. Throughout the year, Your Pie stores nationwide support schools, charities and other local causes. Learn how Your Pie Perimeter owners Morgan & Lisa Maclellan chose to support their community.
- EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
Your Pie’s executive team includes both millennial leadership, like founder Drew French, and industry veterans, like CEO Bucky Cook. Learn more about Your Pie’s multigenerational leadership in this Forbes article.
- A DECADE OF YOUR PIE
Your Pie launched the fast-casual pizza category 10 years ago and hasn’t slowed down since. We’re celebrating a decade of Your Pie with some exciting activations starting next month. Stay tuned for more!
Paul and Michael Childers, the father/son franchisee team in Savannah, GA are some of Your Pie’s earliest adopters and have been Craft Beer advocates from day one. They made the decision to join the Your Pie family after visiting Athens in December of 2009, and opened Savannah Downtown in 2010 and Savannah Sandfly in 2011. Last year they took the plunge with Store Number 3 in Pooler, GA last year and they anticipate a fourth store by 2019.
The duo’s success is primarily attributed to their Food First mentality, one of Your Pie’s Core Values, that will eventually lead them to open a fourth store.
“To us, Food First means that there are no exceptions for the quality of product that you put out. It’s about having the right ingredients, and making each pizza up to standard every time if it doesn’t meet the standard then it needs to go. Teaching that, explaining that, is one of the most important things we do here: the team member should be in the mindset that every pizza we make should be up to par.” according to Michael.
Michael and Paul have been in the Your Pie family since day one and are huge advocates for innovation in the franchise. “From my perspective, it has always been about the food. If it didn’t taste good we wouldn’t have gotten into this brand at the very beginning. On our first visit, we were won over once we walked inside, tasted the food, and saw the interior and the people. Never mind what we do with all our fancy marketing and brand presentation and all that, if the food sucks, that stuff doesn’t matter,” said Paul.
Your Pie announced the return of its award-winning Craft Series offering, the Peach Prosciutto Pie, now available through August 8.
The pie features a base of fresh olive oil and creamy ricotta, topped with savory prosciutto and a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
The rich flavors are then topped with fresh peaches and baked to perfection in Your Pie’s signature brick oven. After baking, the pie is finished with fresh basil and a house-made Honey Balsamic Glaze. Like all Your Pie pizzas, the Peach Prosciutto is made with hand-tossed dough, fresh ingredients and baked to order in a brick oven, per Italian tradition.
The savory-sweet earned Your Pie Founder Drew French a spot on the United States Pizza Team, where he competed at the 2016 World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy. In Summer 2017, the Pie was named one of America’s Most Innovative Menu Items by QSR Magazine.
Read the full story here.
The Your Pie Family welcomes father-and-son team Himanshu and Harshil Patel who opened the latest Your Pie restaurant in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Friday, April 13th.
Your Pie Chattanooga is the first location for Harshil Patel, who looks forward to introducing the community to a new way to experience pizza.
“I previously worked as a financial analyst but always dreamed of owning my own business here in Chattanooga,” said Patel. “After researching several different franchise opportunities, I found that none compared to the quality of product and people at Your Pie. The support system is incredible, and the food is absolutely unparalleled. We are excited to create a fun, family-friendly atmosphere that fosters connection and encourages community, all while enjoying delicious, customized pizza, salad and paninis.”
Prior to its official grand opening, Your Pie Chattanooga raised $2,200 during their ‘Dine and Donate’ events on April 9, 10 and 11. During each shift, the restaurant served free pizzas for up to 200 registered guests and collected monetary donations on behalf of Westview Elementary School PTA. Find the most up to date information about ‘Dine and Donate’ and Your Pie Chattanooga events on Facebook.
Welcome to the family, Himanshu and Harshil!
ATLANTA—April 16, 2018—Your Pie, the original fast casual pizza brand, announced significant growth for the first quarter of 2018, boasting a total of five new stores across the U.S. These first quarter additions bring the brand’s total footprint to 53 locations across 18 states.
Between January 1 and March 31, Your Pie launched in three new markets: Nashville, Tennessee; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Houma, Louisiana. The brand also expanded in Augusta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina.
On March 14, Your Pie celebrated its 10th annual Pi(e) Day event at stores nationwide. The 2018 theme was “Out of This World,” and the brand launched a pizza into space to celebrate a decade of Pi(e) Day. Across more than 50 locations from California to Florida, Your Pie served $3.14 pizzas to more than 45,000 customers. Additionally, each store awarded free pizza for a year to one lucky customer, and one grand prize winner received a GoPro Karma Drone and GoPro HERO6 camera.
Other first quarter milestones included two new additions to the corporate leadership team in Athens, Georgia. Trevor Jorgensen was named a franchise support manager and will help to ensure that franchise locations across the country are equipped to provide the best possible experience for guests. Trevor joined the Your Pie Family in 2013 and has served as General Manager at Your Pie Jacksonville since 2017.
Chris Biesiadecki also joined the team as a franchise support manager and will oversee
corporate Your Pie locations, team member training and professional development programs. Biesiadecki brings 10 years of corporate accounting experience, in addition to six years in the food service industry with Chick-fil-A.
“We have a vision to see Your Pie expand its reach and serve customers in every corner of the U.S.,” said Drew French, Your Pie founder and president. “We attribute our strong and steady growth to our dedication to craftsmanship, customer service and close knit culture. We’re very proud of the team we’ve built, the products we serve and our commitment to creating shareable experiences in each of the communities we call home.”
Between April 1 and June 30, Your Pie expects to open four to six stores in new markets including Chattanooga, Tennessee; Fayetteville, Georgia; Gloucester, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; and St. Augustine, Florida. The brand aims to have 75 stores in operation by the end of 2018. More information on Your Pie franchising can be found at http://franchise.yourpie.com.
Your Pie was founded in 2008 by culinary entrepreneur Drew French, who aimed to create a first-of-its-kind restaurant concept offering high quality, brick-oven pizza at incredible speed. While family recipes and Italian culture helped lay the foundation for its processes and exceptional quality, Your Pie has continued to build upon this foundation with new ingredients, innovative recipes and endless choices to create a pizza experience with traditional roots, but a flair all its own.
In celebration of International Women’s Day — March 8 — FastCasual interviewed 25 of the industry’s leading ladies to develop their second annual “Women in the Lead” series.
Each woman shared how she got her start in the restaurant industry, how she worked her way up in a male-dominated field and what guidance she would give to other aspiring female leaders.
Read Natalie French’s, co-Founder of Your Pie, advice and guidance here!
Happy International Women’s Day and International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
During their honeymoon in Italy, high school sweethearts Drew and Natalie French were inspired to create Your Pie. Drew and Natalie fell in love with the hospitality, landscapes, and food found on the island of Ischia where Natalie’s extended family lives. While visiting, family members had brick ovens their backyards and would bake personal sized pizzas with fresh ingredients and smoky, earthy flavors everyday.
“Sitting beside family members on a warm summer evening, we had our ‘aha’ moment. We realized that good, authentic pizza could be done fast and could be done individually. These aspects, combined with an atmosphere of community and relational culture, are what propelled Drew and me to develop Your Pie.”, said French.
Italian culture is embedded in the Your Pie experience today. Your Pie strives for all guests to feel like family at Your Pie. The product, an individual and customized pizza, is reminiscent of the pizza Drew and Natalie experienced while in Italy. Hand-tossed dough, house-made sauces and cooking each pizza in a brick oven adds operational complexity, but the end product is worth it when a customer mentions that it is the best pizza they have ever had.
“Your Pie is so much more than a fast casual pizza joint; it’s an extension of us, our family and the experiences that inspire us. I will never forget how my aunts, uncles and cousins in Ischia made us feel right at home in those first days as husband and wife. Now, we strive to do the same in our 54 restaurants across the country.”
Read the full story here.
Your Pie was just featured in Franchise King!