Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza Expands to Colorado with Area Developer

Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza to Open in Greater Denver Area

St. Petersburg, Fl – November 13, 2018 – Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza, a fast-casual pizza franchise based in St. Petersburg, Fl., announced today that the company has signed an Area Development Agreement for the greater Denver area. Local Arvada residents, Andy and Jamie Gunther, are the franchise owners. The brand has quickly expanded following the success of its first franchise location, which opened in Ames, Iowa last Summer.

“We are very excited to welcome Andy and Jamie to the Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza family. We are very careful to select the right franchise partners as well as the markets we are expanding to. We quickly recognized with Andy and Jamie that their business acumen and commitment to our brand values would be a great match for us,” said Matt Mongoven, Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza Chief Executive Officer.

For the Gunthers, the opportunity to own a franchise was appealing, but the Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza brand, and its organization and attention to detail throughout the decision-making process helped make the decision to franchise with Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza an easy one.

“I have been in the IT industry for 20 years,” Andy said. “When I began the process of deciding the next phase of my career, Jamie and I discussed setting up a franchise. When we became involved with the Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza team, we knew right away we had a match — the pre-franchising preparation is very impressive. And of course, the concept itself — using fresh ingredients, providing a great value and an exceptional experience. We are very excited to bring this product to the state of Colorado.”

The Gunthers plan to open 3 stores in the Metro Denver area, including Boulder, Golden and Arvada.

In an expanding fast-casual marketplace, Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza prides itself on the things that set it apart from other concepts – always fresh ingredients, wood-fired cooking and providing an exceptional guest experience. “Pizza baked in a wood fired oven is uniquely different and unmatched by any other baking method. Freshness is important to how consumers approach food and we are proud of the fact that everything we have in our restaurant is fresh and that our franchisees are able to deliver high quality food at a reasonable price,” Mongoven shared. “For around 10 dollars, you can get a phenomenal wood-fired pizza and a soda and be in-and-out in 10 to 15 minutes. Or, if you want to enjoy a beer or glass of wine and hang out with your friends and family you can do that too. We allow our guests to dictate the pace.”

For more information on Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza, please visit: or call 800-656-0779, Extension 1.

One Comment
August 23, 2019 at 10:03 AM

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