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Pie Five Pizza Co. Hits the Jackpot with Casino Development Deal
Leading fast casual pizza concept signs on development partner

BILOXI, Miss., May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pie Five Pizza Co. is the best bet of the day with their newest development partner! Today, Pie Five Pizza Co. announced a new development partnership with existing franchise partners Fred Gustin and Kurt Guttshall of Slice of the Pie, LLC and veteran casino partners Pop's Shop to take the leading fast casual pizza concept into casinos nationwide.

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Nationally recognized restaurateurs, Gustin and Guttshall, currently operate five Pie Five Pizza locations in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama including the flagship casino location inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.  They have three more Pie Five Pizza locations currently in development.  This team also operates 60 Applebee's locations in the Southeast.

"With our unique oven technology and fresh made-to-order ingredients, Pie Five is a perfect fit for casino guests," said Kurt Guttshall, Pie Five Pizza franchisee and casino development partner.  "We are able to create and bake pizzas perfectly in 5 minutes, so it's just a short break from the gaming tables, and guests can even use their casino comps for payment – we make it easy!"

Pie Five corporate has built a strong association with veteran casino executives to capitalize on this growing market segment. Whether guests are looking for a late night meal, dine-in or carry-out, Pie Five Pizza has become a proven leader in this segment.

"Casinos are a natural fit for our business and we already have a proven business model at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," said Randy Gier, CEO of parent company, Rave Restaurant Group, Inc. "Casino guests are expecting an elevated dining experience and truly appreciate our artisanal, quality pizzas that are made-to order with unlimited toppings at one great price in just 145 seconds."

At Pie Five, guests can choose from more than a million combinations of farm fresh ingredients, artisan sauces and handcrafted crust varieties. Pies bake in just 140 seconds in a custom-designed, state-of-the-art oven. By the time the guest arrives at the register, their hot, bubbly, pizza perfection is ready. Guests can add one of Pie Five's freshly tossed handmade salads or a decadent home-baked brownie or cookie pie to their meal.

Dallas-based Pie Five Pizza Co. is a subsidiary of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE). RAVE owns, franchises and supplies more than 300 Pie Five and Pizza Inn restaurants operating domestically and internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is the leading brand in the rapidly growing fast-casual pizza space, offering individual handcrafted pizzas with fresh ingredients made to order in less than five minutes. Named among Fast Casual's Top "Movers & Shakers" for three consecutive years, 2015 "Best Franchise Deal" by QSR Magazine, 2012 Hot Concepts winner by Nation's Restaurant News and one of "10 Hot New Restaurant Chains from Established Brands" by, the company currently has 89 locations in 24 states. For more information, please visit

Contact: Marcus Dockter, MWWPR 

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