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SPIN!® in the spotlight.
We’re thankful and proud to be recognized for lots of cool stuff, like Best of Show for architecture by Mid America Design Awards; or City’s Best, Best Pizza, by Kansas City Magazine; or Top 100 Movers and Shakers by Pizza Marketplace; and featured by some great publications (grazie!)! Here’s a taste of media coverage on us.
SPIN! Gelato
October 4, 2012 (News Release)
SPIN! Celebrates National Pizza Month with Fun Survey, Free Gelato, Win Pizza for a Year

KANSAS CITY, MO - SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is celebrating National Pizza Month with a whimsical online survey, free gelato, and chance to win a pizza month for a year. The local pizzeria with five area locations is celebrating National Pizza Month with a fun poll asking questions like whether people like to let their pizza cool or eat it so hot that it burns the roof of their mouth; do they eat their pizza with a knife and fork, folded in half, or flat; and what happens to the pizza that goes home in a doggie bag (cold breakfast pizza?). Everyone who fills out the survey gets a coupon for a free gelato at SPIN! One lucky person will win a free pizza a month for a year!

SPIN!, whose margherita pizza was crowned one of the best dishes in all the restaurants in the U.S. by a national magazine last year, also has been named “best pizza” by many of Kansas City’s publications.

SPIN! serves its hand-tossed stone-fired pizza at locations in Overland Park, midtown Kansas City, Lenexa, Lee’s Summit and Olathe. A Prairie Village location will open in 2013.

 

 
SPIN! Opens Fifth Location (May 2012)
May 23, 2012 (News Release)
SPIN! Opens Fifth Location (May 2012)
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FIFTH LOCATION FOR LOCAL RESTAURANT VOTED BEST PIZZA IN K.C.

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 23, 2012) – SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza will begin serving award-winning artisan food without the gourmet price at its new Lenexa location beginning May 28. Locally owned and operated SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s fifth location will open at 9474 Renner Blvd. in the Prairie Center shops. Known for its exceptional food made from fresh ingredients and its eclectic, affordable premium wines, the restaurant will offer seating for 100, a bar, and an outdoor patio that seats 48. On Tuesday evenings during the summer, live family-friendly music will be played on the patio with no cover charge.

“This is a growing area and a great match for SPIN!,” says co-owner Edwin Brownell. “Our location is convenient to both residential areas and businesses that employ approximately 11,000 people. We look forward to becoming part of the neighborhood, serving those who have asked for a SPIN! in this area and new patrons.”

Since opening its first location in 2005, SPIN!® has been awarded “best pizza” by many of Greater Kansas City’s publications. SPIN! recently was named one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com. Its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by a national restaurant magazine, and its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards.

SPIN!’s menu is created in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith. In addition to a variety of hand-spun traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free stone fired pizzas, SPIN! serves an array of appetizers, soups, salads, signature Panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato ice creams. All of SPIN!’s soups, salad dressings, pizza toppings and ingredients are prepared daily from fresh produce and meats.

SPIN!’s pizza dough is made fresh every day using several types of flour including one specially imported from Italy. All the toppings – such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, artichokes, even chicken sausage and pancetta (Italian bacon) – are roasted each morning in a stone hearth oven. A variety of cheeses are hand grated. The menu features both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed roma tomato base) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted olive oil glaze).

SPIN! serves a variety of affordable premium wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices.

SPIN! also is known for its unique community outreach programs including free weekly bike rides during the summer. Open to all ages and skill levels, the rides will be led by experienced cyclists who emphasize safety. Rides will be held at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Lenexa SPIN! Bike ride participants and their dining companions will enjoy a 10 percent discount on food after the rides.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has locations at 4950 Main in Kansas City, Mo., 1808 N.W. Chipman Rd. in Lee’s Summit, Mo., 6541 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, Ks., and 14230 W. 119th St. in Olathe, Ks. A sixth location is scheduled to open in the Corinth Square Shopping Center in Prairie Village, Ks.

The 3,500 square foot Lenexa location will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

SPIN! is owned and operated by Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell, who are experienced in large multi-unit expansion, franchising, and operations.
 

 
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s First Franchise Lands in L.A. (March 2012)
April 20, 2012 (News Release)
SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s First Franchise Lands in L.A. (March 2012)
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"SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s First Franchise Lands in L.A. 

Owner of Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ to Open
SPIN! Locations in Southern California

Kansas City, MO (March 20, 2012) – SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has completed an agreement with Craig Hofman, owner of Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ®, to develop 35 SPIN! ® restaurants in Southern California. Hofman, who has 15 Lucille’s locations in California, Arizona and Nevada, will be the company’s first franchisee.

SPIN!  is known for its exceptional, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price, its eclectic, affordable premium wines and its community involvement. SPIN! owners and operators Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell also developed Bagel & Bagel, which started in Kansas City, Mo. and became Einstein Bros. Bagels.

“We opened SPIN! to bring K.C. a warm and fun experience of eating authentic Neapolitan style pizza with friends and family,” says co-owner Gail Lozoff. “We put a lot of effort into the ’behind the curtain‘ operations that give our guests that experience. We’re thrilled that Craig and his team want to take SPIN! into their home market.”

Co-owner Ed Brownell says Kansas City-based SPIN! will be a great fit in southern California. “When we were introduced to the Lucille’s culture and operations, we felt it reflected SPIN!’s and were comfortable that they would do a great job with our brand. Our hope is that a California presence will give SPIN! additional visibility. We’d like to attract culturally compatible restaurateurs, like Craig, who may be interested in bringing SPIN! to other strategically located markets.”

Like SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, franchisee Hofman’s current operations also prize team members and prepare food from scratch. “I was prepared to create my own Neapolitan pizza concept until I discovered SPIN!,” says Hofman. “Their great pizzas and salads were so good that I did not think I could improve the recipes. The culture of quality and excellence that Ed, Gail and Richard have created fits well with our core values for operating restaurants.”

SPIN! has been recognized both in and outside of Kansas City. It recently was named one of the “Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation by top foodie website TheDailyMeal.com. Its Margherita Pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by a national restaurant magazine, its architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards, and the SPIN! brand has been featured in numerous graphic design publications.

Since opening its first location in 2005, SPIN! has been awarded “best pizza” by many of Greater Kansas City’s publications. SPIN!’s menu is created in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith.

In addition to a variety of hand-spun traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, rustic whole wheat, and gluten-free stone fired pizzas, SPIN! serves an array of appetizers, soups, salads, signature panini and Italian deli sandwiches, and gelato ice creams. All of SPIN!’s soups, salad dressings, pizza toppings and ingredients are prepared daily from fresh produce and meats.

SPIN!’s pizza dough is made fresh every day using several types of flour including one specially imported from Italy. All the toppings – such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, artichokes, even chicken sausage and pancetta (Italian bacon) – are roasted each morning in a stone hearth oven. A variety of cheeses are hand grated. The menu features both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed roma tomato base) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted olive oil glaze).

SPIN! serves a variety of affordable premium wines priced well below traditional restaurant prices.

In addition to its wines and artisan menu, Brownell says that SPIN!’s customer and community focused operations will support its success outside its home market. SPIN!’s unique service system is easier to manage while providing guests with both the comfort of a full-service experience and control over the time they spend in the restaurant. “The usual waiting for servers to take orders, bring drinks and cash out checks is eliminated from our guests' time at their table,"" says Brownell. ""We take care of all that at the beginning of their visit, so our distinctive personal approach frees servers to interact more with guests. It helps differentiate our guests' experience from virtually every other restaurant,” Brownell says.

Lozoff adds that SPIN! is unique in that many small-footprint restaurant franchisors use a rapid market penetration strategy to build a national brand, often addressing local level brand building as an afterthought. “We believe strongly that the building of relationships with staff, guests and our community is key to our success. Programs like our SPIN! Club were created to enhance relationships and communication both inside and out of our restaurants and have been integrated into our operational systems since we opened,” she says.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has four Greater Kansas City locations: 4950 Main in Kansas City, Mo., 1808 N.W. Chipman Rd. in Lee’s Summit, Mo., 6541 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, Ks., and 14230 W. 119th St. in Olathe, Ks. Locations are scheduled to open in Lenexa, Ks. and Prairie Village, Ks.

For information, please visit www.spinpizza.com.
 

 
Donate Bikes to Help Kids, Get Rewards, and Celebrate Earth Day (April 2012)
April 9, 2012 (News Release)
Donate Bikes to Help Kids, Get Rewards, and Celebrate Earth Day (April 2012)
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"DONATE BIKES TO HELP KIDS, GET REWARDS, AND CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

Bikes for Healthy Hawks Program Collected in Midtown
and at O.P. Earth Day Event with Entertainment, Information

Kansas City, MO (April 9, 2012) – Used and new bikes to help kids will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 21 in Midtown and at an Overland Park Earth Day event with entertainment and information. Kids’, teens’ and adults’ bikes are needed for the KU Healthy Hawks program which fights childhood obesity.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri will accept donated bikes in the parking lot behind SPIN!’s 4950 Main St. location in Kansas City, Mo. and at the Whole Foods Market Earth Day Celebration in the parking lot at 6621 W. 119th St. in Overland Park, Ks. For every bike dropped off, donors will receive a $10 SPIN! Dough certificate good for food at any of SPIN!’s four locations and a 20 percent coupon for a regular clothing item or accessory from BikeSource. Donors at the Overland Park collection point also will receive a gallon of Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value high efficiency laundry detergent.

While bikes will be collected from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both locations, the Whole Foods Earth Day Celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Green Spirit Band will entertain, visitors can speak with representatives from green companies, and the Leawood Police Department will offer bike safety tips.

Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, which supports the Healthy Hawks program, will provide volunteers to collect donated bikes. Foley Equipment/CAT will transport the bikes to a location where they will be inspected, repaired and cleaned by experts from BikeSource. 

On May 19, the bikes will be donated to families completing the University of Kansas Medical Center’s 12-week Healthy Hawks program. Healthy Hawks provides
health care specialists who work with families to fight childhood obesity and live a healthier, more active lifestyle.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, which offers many nutritious and low-calorie options, also will provide pizza for the 10 a.m. to noon Healthy Hawks graduation to be held at the KU Westwood campus, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway."
 

 
SPIN! Pizza Crowned One of Nation’s Best Dishes of 2011 (Jan. 2012)
January 11, 2012 (News Release)
SPIN! Pizza Crowned One of Nation’s Best Dishes of 2011 (Jan. 2012)
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"SPIN!’s Margherita Pizza Named One of Best Dishes of the Year by Restaurant Business Magazine

Panel Crowns Best Dishes of the Year for 2011
Kansas City, MO (Jan. 11, 2012) – SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza’s margherita pizza was crowned one of the nation’s best dishes of the year by Restaurant Business magazine.

A panel of food experts from around the country selected the top dishes of the year from restaurants throughout the U.S. “When folks in the restaurant business are asked to name their favorite dishes, it’s not easy to narrow down the choices,” notes the magazine in its article announcing the 2011 Clean Plate Award winners.

“We are truly honored to have our pizza included among the nation’s best restaurant dishes,” says SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza co-owner Gail Lozoff. “There are many notable dining establishments on the list and we are humbled to be included alongside them.”

SPIN!’s award-winning margherita pizza is not only delicious but also waistline friendly at just 189 calories in a slice taken from a full-size pizza.

A different panel of respected food experts at TheDailyMeal.com, one of the most heavily visited “foodie” websites in the country, recently named SPIN! one of the
“Rest of the 101 Best Restaurants” in the nation. In addition, SPIN!’s architecture won Best of Show at the Mid America Design Awards.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is known for its exceptional, artisan food made from fresh ingredients without the gourmet price and its eclectic, affordable premium wines. In addition to a variety of traditional thin-and-bubbly crust, hand-tossed rustic whole wheat, and gluten free stone fired pizzas, SPIN! serves an array of appetizers, soups, salads,

Paninis, signature Italian deli sandwiches, and Italian gelato ice creams. SPIN!’s menu is created in collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith.

All of SPIN’s soups, salad dressings, pizza toppings and ingredients are made from fresh produce and meats prepared daily.

SPIN!’s pizza dough is made fresh every day using three types of flour including one specially imported from Italy. All the toppings – such as mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, artichokes, even chicken sausage and pancetta (Italian bacon) – are roasted each morning in a stone hearth oven made especially for SPIN!  A variety of cheeses is hand grated. The menu features both traditional Pizza Rossa (red pizzas with crushed roma tomato base) and Pizza Bianca (white pizzas with roasted olive oil glaze).  Customers can choose between a menu of 23 signature pizzas, and an infinite variety of SPIN YOUR OWN! Pizzas.

SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza is owned and operated by Gail and Richard Lozoff and Edwin Brownell.

 

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