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Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Coming Soon to Garden City Beach, SC 

GARDEN CITY, SC, Apr. 27, 2017 — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a traditional casual dining restaurant known for its delicious hand crafted pizza and world class craft beer list, will open in Garden City at 2859 Hwy 17 BUS, Garden City, SC 29576 on Monday, May 8 at 11am. The restaurant is conveniently situated near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue, next door to the new Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin. Owned and operated by Collier Restaurant Group, this location will be the first Old Chicago in the Grand Strand area. Click here to read the full article!

Retail Execs Discuss Brewery Taprooms, On-Premise Trends at Brewbound Session

June 19, 2017 /Brewbound/ –Nearly 10 percent of all beer produced by Brewers Association-defined craft brewers was sold directly to consumers last year, up more than 7 percent versus 2015.

Despite the growth in “own-premise” sales, executives from prominent beer-centric retail chains Yard House, Old Chicago (Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries) and World of Beer told a room of industry professionals attending last Thursday’s Brewbound Session that the increasing amount of beer flowing through brewery taprooms wasn’t yet a major concern.

“What’s the difference between a taproom and another restaurant?” asked Gregory Howard, the director of beverage strategy for Yard House.

Howard said he viewed individual brewery taprooms as “just another competitor,” noting, however, that breweries should maintain price integrity and shy away from building dozens of branded satellite outposts across the country. Click here to learn more!


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Experiences Significant Growth And Continued Expansion In 2016

BROOMFIELD, Colo, Feb. 21, 2017 – Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a leader in casual dining known for its vast craft beer selection, delicious handcrafted pizza and distinctive taproom fare, announced today it achieved record high system-wide revenue in 2016, reporting an 11 percent increase from 2015. Additionally, Old Chicago accelerated its national expansion efforts with the signing of 4 franchise development agreements that will bring 20 new locations to markets including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Michigan and South Carolina. Click here to read the full article!


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Targets the Midwest for Expansion

BROOMFIELD, Colo, Dec. 1, 2016 – With plans to expand throughout the Midwest, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is pleased to announce its continued growing franchise development. Known for its hand-crafted and delicious pizza and extensive craft beer selection, the brand is now expanding its presence to be available in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Click here to read the full article!

Old Chicago expands prototype conversions

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 30, 2016 /Nations Restaurant News/ — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is expanding the prototype elements it introduced a year ago, the company said this week.

The Broomfield, Colo.-based division of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc. debuted the template in October 2015, with new locations in Pueblo, Colo., and Katy Ranch, Texas, and has been expanding it since. Click here to read the full article.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Signs Franchise Agreements To Open Nearly Two Dozen Locations Across Eight States

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a leader in casual dining known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza, distinctive taproom fare and vast craft beer selection, announced today that it signed franchise development agreements with three of its existing franchise partners to open nearly two dozen new restaurants. These agreements will grow Old Chicago’s footprint across eight states, including Tennessee, South Carolina, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi. Click here to read the full article.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is new to Waco

September 12, 2016 / — In 1976, Old Chicago opened the doors to its first restaurant in Boulder, Colo, and they have opened over 100 locations since then. The Waco location will be its105th restaurant nationwide and their seventh in Texas. Click here to read the full article.


Old Chicago expands footprint in Texas market

June 30, 2016 /PizzaMarketPlace/ — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is planning to target Texas for franchise expansion, opening several restaurants in June and July.

“This is an opportune time for us to accelerate our growth in Texas, as the National Restaurant Association is projecting restaurant sales in the state to surpass $52.4 billion this year,” – Mark A. Belanger, CFE, vice president of global franchise operations and development at CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., said in the release. Click here to read the full article.


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Accelerates Growth In Texas

June 29th, 2016 /RestaurantNews/ — Old Chicago is hoping to become a household name across Texas by opening restaurants in Garland, Waco, and Tyler this year, as well as creating many new franchise opportunities across the state (El Paso, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and more). This move seems rather fitting considering they had amazing success in 2015, and achieved $254 million in system wide revenue.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has a great opportunity in Texas and are eager to prove the restaurant concept throughout the state. Click here to learn more.


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom reports year of unprecedented growth

April 5, 2016 /PizzaMarketplace/ — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom had 8% growth in restaurant expansion during 2015, as well as a 13% increase in revenue. With many new locations opening this year, it doesn’t look like the momentum is slowing down. The company plans to open more than 30 additional restaurants by 2018.

Click here to learn if there is an Old Chicago opening somewhere near you.


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Signs Franchise Agreement To Open Four Restaurants In South Carolina

May 9th, 2016 /RestaurantNews/ — The brand of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is looking to bring their delicious handcrafted pizza and craft beer selection to people all across South Carolina by planning to open four new restaurants through the state. Brent Collier of CRG Pizza, Inc will be the owner and operator. He has had plenty of experience which will help make these new locations a great success.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Brent, Lori, and Elise to our growing Old Chicago family,” said Mark A. Belanger, CFE, vice president of global franchise operations and development for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.

Click here to read more about expansion in South Carolina.


CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Names Mark Belanger Vice President Of Global Franchise Operations And Development

BROOMFIELD, Colo., April 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc., the largest craft brewery restaurant operator in the country, announced today Mark Belanger has joined its executive team as vice president of global franchise operations and development. In his new role, Belanger will be responsible for leading the national franchise growth efforts for casual dining leader Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, as well as growing the presence of the company’s other brands – Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries and ChopHouse & Brewery – nationwide. He will also oversee day-to-day franchisee and license development domestically and abroad.

“Following a very successful year, it’s time to aggressively expand our brands’ visibility nationwide, specifically Old Chicago’s growth within the franchise space,” said Srinivas Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries. “With Mark’s vast experience in franchising and ability to cultivate strong, long-lasting partnerships, we are confident that he will carry out our franchise expansion goals for Old Chicago, and growth for our key brands.” Click here to learn more!


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Signs Franchise Agreement To Open Four Restaurants In South Carolina

Old Chicago is coming to South Carolina! During the 4th quarter of 2016, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom will be opening 4 new restaurants in the Greenville, Spartanburg, and Horry Counties of South Carolina, with the first location slated to open in Myrtle Beach. These new restaurants will be owned and operated by ORG Pizza Inc, and will continue the stunning year of record breaking success for the Old Chicago franchise!

In 2015, Old Chicago embraced record breaking success, achieving $254 million in system-wide revenue, as well as 20 consecutive months of positive comp sales. This expansion will continue the aggressive franchise expansion plans for South Carolina, and will be headed by longtime entrepreneur Brent Collier as well as his daughters, Lori Collier and Elise Collier Massey. Click here to learn more!


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Invites Flavor Seekers To Embark On A Food Tour Across The Country

Looking for somewhere unique to dine this summer? Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom invites you, intrepid flavor seekers, to embark on a food tour across the country with the launch of “Summer Across America!”.

At Participating locations, guests will encounter featured specialty items on their menus representing signature dishes from New York City, Chicago, and Southern California. With dishes such as the 3-Alarm Wings (from NYC), Beer Battered Cheese Curds (from Chicago) and the Mediterranean Farmer Pizza (from Southern California), you’ll be able to take a culinary trip across the country, and even be entered into the Summer Across America Sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand prize during each leg of the series! Click here to see some of the amazing menu options coming to your local Old Chicago franchise!


Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Announces Year Of Unprecedented Growth

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a traditional casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza, distinctive taproom fare and vast craft beer selection, announced today unprecedented growth in 2015 after reporting $254 million in system-wide revenue, up 13 percent over 2014, and an eight percent growth in the number of corporate and franchised units. Additionally, the brand signed franchise agreements in 2015, which brought new restaurants to markets that include Joplin, Missouri and Sioux City, Iowa.

“We are thrilled with the growth we saw in 2015 and are extremely optimistic that 2016 will be Old Chicago’s best year yet,” said Mike Mrlik, president of Old Chicago. “Our overall success is largely due in part to our incredibly hard working team of operators, franchisees and Craft Beer Guides across our locations nationwide. As we dive deeper into Old Chicago’s 40th anniversary year, our sights are set on propelling the brand’s growth and celebrating many more milestones in 2016.” Click Here to learn more!