New Franchise Blast & Brew Focuses on Self-Pour Craft Beer, Customizable Food Options

Concept Debuts with 12-Unit Deal in California, Eyes Southwest Region
for Further Expansion

FRESNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–America’s love for pizza and beer runs deep, and a new franchise, Blast
& Brew
, is offering guests an opportunity to personalize both.
The fast-casual Neapolitan pizza restaurant offers artisanal pizzas and
more than 30 taps of self-pour craft beer, along with other customizable
food options. Backed by experienced California restaurant group Milano
International
, the brand has already inked a 12-unit deal on the
Central Coast of California.

The Blast & Brew experience starts with fresh, hand-stretched pizza
dough. Guests then choose from more than 40 locally-sourced and
regionally-tailored ingredients and house-made sauces, before their
masterpiece is fired to perfection at 825 degrees. In addition to
unlimited varieties of pizza, Blast & Brew offers signature
split-focaccia sandwiches, fresh salads, and a variety of hearty
appetizers, like Carnitas Pork Sliders with jalapeno slaw, served on a
fresh, house-made bun, and a Crispy Brie Crostini served with honey and
a balsamic glaze.

Guests also have the option of customizing their beer experience through
a pre-paid program that allows them to choose from more than 30 local
and regional craft brews that they pour themselves. Blast & Brew’s Beer
Geniuses guide guests through the beer offerings, helping them choose
the best selection to pair with their meal.

“People have always had control over their pizza, but Blast & Brew
offers a 100 percent customer-crafted dining experience, from the meal
to the beverage that accompanies it,” said John Ferdinandi, CEO of Blast
& Brew’s parent company Milano Restaurants International. “Our team has
been hand crafting pizzas for over 50 years, and has partnered with
California-grown craft breweries since the 90s – creating a recipe for
success at Blast & Brew.”

California-based franchise group Cristallo Ventures L.L.C. has signed a
12-unit agreement to develop Blast & Brew locations throughout Santa
Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties over the next eight years.
The group currently operates a franchised Blast & Brew in San Luis
Obispo, which opened in March 2016.

Milano Restaurant International Corporation operates a portfolio of five
distinct restaurant concepts with more than 70 combined locations
primarily throughout central California. The group has been serving
award-winning pizza since 1955, with CEO John Ferdinandi leading the
company since 1994.

Blast & Brew is seeking qualified franchise partners with restaurant
experience to develop Blast & Brew restaurants in prime territories
across the southwestern region of the U.S., including metropolitan areas
such as Phoenix and Dallas, as well as heavily populated college towns.
Blast & Brew locations require between 1,200 and 3,400 feet of retail
space, with patio, dine-in and carry out opportunities. Franchise
prospects should have restaurant or retail experience and the total
investment to become a Blast & Brew franchisee ranges from $700,000 to
$950,000.

About Blast & Brew

Blast & Brew offers guests a completely customizable experience from its
quick-fired Neapolitan pizzas, split Focaccia sandwiches, the freshest
salads and a wide variety of signature appetizers, to its self-pour
craft beer offerings. Blast & Brew is a division of parent company
Milano Restaurants International Corporation, a restaurant management
company representing six brands, which is headquartered in Fresno,
Calif. The brand began franchising in 2016 and is currently focusing on
growth in the Southwest part of the U.S. For more information on the
Blast & Brew brand, or to inquire about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.blastandbrew.com.
For more information on Milano Restaurants, visit http://www.milano-ri.com/.

Contacts

Fishman Public Relations
Kayla Atwell, 847-945-1300
katwell@fishmanpr.com