Cottage Inn Pizza Opens New Taverna Concept in Michigan, Hopes to Bring New Twist on Established Brand to Ohio

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Cottage Inn Pizza Restaurant Growing Rapidly to Provide Gourmet Pizza with Fresh Ingredients and Proprietary Crust to Columbus

Michigan – A longtime favorite of Michigan pizza lovers, Cottage Inn Pizza is expanding with its eye on bringing more gourmet pies to additional neighborhoods in Columbus.

The brand’s high-quality pizza, a Michigan favorite for more than 65 years, has gained a loyal fan following that has catapulted Cottage Inn Pizza into an aggressive growth phase. Cottage Inn Pizza is planning to have five locations open or in development in the Midwest by the end of 2017, and Ohio is a priority target for this growth. This Midwest expansion coincides with efforts to grow internationally, with up to 200 locations slated to open in China over the next 15 years, starting with its first restaurant already open in Qingdao. 

A neighborhood staple, Cottage Inn Pizza holds a sentimental place in the hearts and stomachs of alumni who went to schools in the college towns the brand serves. Local families have long prized Cottage Inn’s pizza as a true treat, with its quality a clear step above others in the category.

“Cottage Inn is excited to launch the new tavern-like concept, Cottage Inn Taverna, this fall that will serve craft beers and creative cocktails accompanied by delicious pizza. We’re ready to bring our brand over the border to even more towns and cities in Ohio,” said Deborah Masse, Senior Vice President at Cottage Inn Pizza. “We’re already one of Michigan’s favorite gourmet pizza restaurants and now we’re looking forward to making our brand the go-to option for customers throughout Ohio.”

A hometown brand run by the same family for over 65 years, Cottage Inn currently operates more than 50 locations in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and Qingdao, China, offering a variety of menu options for carryout and delivery service. Some locations even have inside seating and an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.

The successful concept has led fans to expect consistent quality with every experience at Cottage Inn Pizza.

Although the pizza might be the initial draw, many fans keep coming back for the sense of nostalgia that stopping by a Cottage Inn evokes, prompting an emotional connection for families, groups, teams and college students. When people want a quick, easy option without sacrificing gourmet quality, they go to Cottage Inn Pizza.

Community involvement is also rooted deep at Cottage Inn Pizza, as its locations become an integral part of the neighborhoods they serve. Local owners often team up with community charities that are part of Cottage Inn’s comprehensive local giveback program, further endearing the brand to its loyal customers.

As the brand expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified individuals who are looking to join the Cottage Inn family. The investment required to open a Cottage Inn Pizza Franchise is between $200,000 and $350,000, which includes the initial franchise fee that grants a license to run a business under the Cottage Inn Pizza name. Cottage Inn offers a world-class training program and ongoing support to keep each store running successfully and smoothly.

The brand has long been known for its signature crust, made from a proprietary flour mix that creates an incomparable taste and quality among competitors. The brand also offers a diverse menu of Mediterranean favorites, as well as 33 different styles of pizza, subs, salads and hot wings.

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About Cottage Inn Pizza

Cottage Inn Pizza opened its first restaurant in Michigan in 1948, earning distinction as the first pizza restaurant in the entire city. The original restaurant at 512 E. William St. remains the company’s flagship store. With over 50 stores and franchises in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina and China, offering a variety of menu options for carryout and delivery service, fans have come to expect a high-quality experience from the brand. Today, Cottage Inn Pizza is growing to become the standard for gourmet pizza products.

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