TAMPA — Franchise owner and operating partner, Matt Blackburn officially opened Blackjack Pizza's first Florida location on Nov. 14.
"Blackjack Pizza started out of Denver, Colorado, in 1983 so it has been around for a while out west," Blackburn said. "In 2012, it was acquired by Askar Brands who made some improvements to the company. There are now about 42 locations but they are all out west, mostly around the Denver area."
The kitchen takes up almost the entirety of the 1,400-square-foot location at 3692 W Gandy Blvd., so there is no room for dine-in. They do delivery and carry-out only and encompass a small delivery area to provide the best service.
Since hand made ice cream is one item on the menu, quick delivery is essential.
"The fundamental ingredient in pizza is the dough and that's where we start," Blackburn said. "There are very few people who control that process.
"We have fresh, crisp ingredients and a house made sauce that ages before they cook with it."
Salads and wings are also popular menu choices.
In January, the new pizza place will host two charity events with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting two local charities of their choice.
"We are still finalizing the dates, but they will be held in two different dates in January," Blackburn said.
Blackjack Pizza's second location in Florida will open by the end of the year in Bonita Springs.
For more information call, (813) 333-2921 or visit blackjackpizza.com.
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