The invasion of the fast-casual pizza places continues.
MOD Pizza, a fast-casual chain founded in Seattle in 2008, announced this week that it will expand into Dallas-Fort Worth during the next couple of years. Although it appears that none of the locations will actually be in Fort Worth or Dallas.
The first two locations, scheduled to open July in Prosper and August in McKinney, will be a bit of a road trip for just about anyone on the Fort Worth side of things.
But a location is also planned for Saginaw, with Mansfield and Burleson "on the docket" but not officially announced yet. Exact locations aren't available yet, but the Saginaw location could open as early as October. Our own Bud Kennedy tweeted that the Burleson one will replace a Peter Piper Pizza.
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Nation's Restaurant News says that MOD is "America's Fastest-Growing Chain Restaurant"; Food & Wine, reporting on that news, adds that it's a "Pizza Place You've Probably Never Heard of." (You may have heard of Blaze Pizza, which has locations in Fort Worth and Arlington, and is the second-fastest-growing chain, according to a Nation's Restaurant News' list of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Chains. Also on that list: Fort Worth-based Fuzzy's Taco Shop.)
Other fast-casuals in and near Tarrant County include Pizza Snob, a homegrown, TCU-area spot that Food Network just named the best pizza joint in Fort Worth; a recently opened location of Midici The Neapolitan Pizza Company in Fort Worth; Urban Bricks Pizza in Arlington; Spin! Neapolitan Pizza in Southlake; and Pie Five in several locations. A location of Flippin' Pizza has been in the works so long at the Chapel Hill center anchored by Central Market Fort Worth that we're beginning to wonder if we just dreamed about it.