Last month Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria closed in Park Meadows Shopping Center. Today, the Park Meadows neighborhood got a consolation prize: MOD Pizza, the first Colorado location of a Seattle-based chain. The store opened at 11 a.m., and there will be giveaways and tastings throughout the day. See also: Bonanno Brothers Pizzeria Tosses Its Last Pie at Park Meadows
As part of MOD's effort to "Spread MODness", 100 percent of all pizza sales today will be donated to TLC Meals on Wheels, to support its mission of enriching the lives of seniors by providing nutritious meals and services that promote dignity, well-being and independence.
This is MOD's twentieth store and its first franchise location. Industry veterans Bob Merullo, Kevin Embree and Scott Schooler will own and operate the location; Embree and Merullo have several more stores planned for the Denver market. "We were attracted to MOD's philosophy of putting people first and their desire to redefine the fast- food experience for both guests and team members," says Merullo.
MOD makes individual, artisan-style pizzas on demand, using organic fresh-pressed dough, signature sauces and any combination of thirty featured toppings; then cooks them in an 800-degree oven for less than three minutes. You can choose between the same toppings for the hand-tossed salads. Pizzas and salads are the same price, regardless of the number of toppings.
MOD also serves local draft beers, wine, milkshakes and house-made lemonades and iced teas.
The Centennial store will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday; find more information at modpizza.com.
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Of the similarity between the names MOD Pizza and Modmarket, Denver's homegrown pizza, sandwich and salad chain, Modmarket co-founder Anthony Pigliacampo had this to say: "We believe customers are smart enough to note the difference between Modmarket and MOD Pizza. Our restaurants are quite different and while our names share a few letters, we don't think customers will be confused and wish them well as they open stores in Colorado."