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zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson zpizza Opening Fourth Store on Grandview Avenue
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When California-based zpizza launched in Columbus six years ago, it was met with enthusiasm and gratitude. Their approach to pizza-making – using less-processed, fresher ingredients, like hormone and preservative-free meats and cheeses, and orgainc flour – was bold, refreshing, and essential.

With three local franchised branches currently in operation — the original Short North store at 945 North High Street, a Clintonville branch at 5060 North High Street, and a store out in Gahanna at 5079 North Hamilton Road — zpizza has become a go-to for those who crave a healthier pie.

It’s only fitting then that zpizza is again looking to expand. They will be taking over the former Cowtown Pizza spot at 1359 Grandview Avenue. The 1,300 square feet space will primarily be used for carry-out and delivery services, much like it was with Cowtown.

Because the location is smaller than the flagship, there won’t be a lot of seating at this new zpizza. Owner Steve Curtis will be adding a window counter and about 6-8 stools for customers who want to eat on-site, like Grandview Heights High School students, who would enjoy Z’s pizza by the slice.

There are plans to add more seats in the future, but Curtis’ focus will be on pick-up and delivery services, which he will expand to include Upper Arlington south of Lane Avenue, Grandview Heights, and the 5xNW areas.

The menu at this new zpizza will effectively be the same as at other locations, although there will be specials specific to the Grandview Avenue store. Curtis and his team will also be rolling out new and deleting old menu items at this branch and others.

Alcohol will not be sold at this store owing to its size, but there are discussions to form a partnership with next door Grandview Carry Out. Their selection of beers and wine would pair perfectly with z’s pizzas, so a collaboration would make this an ideal one-stop for dinner.

The opening date for the newest zpizza location has not been officially set, but Curtis is shooting for the second week of September, around the 13th. There will be a three-day soft opening with specials for loyal zpizza-heads, and a grand opening to follow soon after that.

“The trend for better pizza is growing exponentially right now, and we couldn’t be happier about that,” shares Curtis. “This is a great retail strip that has energy. It is the heart of Grandview Avenue and we are thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community.”

The new zpizza has no finalized hours of operation yet, but they will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. zpizza is hoping to expand to 7-10 stores in Columbus and its environs in the near future.

For a longer look at zpizza’s menu, and to follow the progress of the new store, visit www.zpizza.com.

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