Former Applebee's President and CEO to Open 10 Pie Five Pizza Co. Locations in
Kansas City Area
Restaurant Veteran Dave Goebel Joins Growing List of Prominent Pie Five
THE COLONY, Texas, April 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Kansas City area will
soon welcome its first Pie Five Pizza Co. restaurant in a 10-unit franchise
agreement with former Applebee's President and Chief Executive Officer Dave
Goebel, a seasoned restaurant veteran who served as an executive at Applebee's
for seven years, will join forces with his sons Kerry and Kevin to bring Pie
Five to the Kansas City area.
"We looked very carefully at several fast-casual pizza concepts before making
our decision," Goebel said. "Pie Five already has the franchise infrastructure
and support system in place and this is our opportunity to get in on the
ground floor of a concept that is rapidly expanding throughout the nation."
Goebel was also impressed with the company's industry and franchising
experience, strong leadership team and approach to creating custom pizzas with
the freshest ingredients, baked to order and ready to enjoy in just five
"Once we met the Pie Five leadership team, we were sold. They bring a wealth
of restaurant experience from world-class concepts," Goebel said. "I've been
in this industry a long time, and I know a great brand when I see one. And Pie
Five is not just great, it's revolutionary."
Goebel started in the restaurant industry almost 40 years ago after earning
his undergraduate degree from University of Notre Dame and while working on
his graduate degree from Ohio State University. He has held high level
executive positions at well-known chains, including vice president of
operations at Ground Round and chief operating officer and partner at Boston
Market. Today he also sits on the Board of Directors for Jack in the Box, Inc.
"I fell in love with the restaurant business at an early age," he added. "I
love the fast pace and interaction with guests. I also love that the industry
is always changing and evolving. Pie Five is a game changer in the fast-casual
Goebel also owns Prime Catering, and operates Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs and
Y-Leave Café locations as a franchisee in Kansas City. Goebel will open his
first Pie Five location in Kansas City. The city was recently ranked number
ten on Travel & Leisure's "Best Cities for Pizza."
With the addition of Goebel, Pie Five has signed development agreements in the
last six months for 38 locations that will also take the chain to Utah, North
Carolina and Florida.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dave, Kerry and Kevin to the Pie Five team," said
Randy Gier, CEO of Pie Five. "Dave and our growing franchise network bring a
multitude of experience and pedigree to Pie Five. As we build and operate
corporate locations alongside our franchisees, we are poised to become one of
the top brands in the restaurant industry."
Since the original Pie Five restaurant opened in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2011,
the concept has been named a 2012 Hot Concept of the Year award winner by
Nation's Restaurant News and recognized by Forbes as one of the 10 hot new
About Pie Five Pizza Co.:
Pie Five is a subsidiary of Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. headquartered in the
Dallas suburb of The Colony, Texas. Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. is an owner,
franchisor and supplier of a system of restaurants operating domestically and
internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is a fast-casual concept offering
individual pizzas made to order and cooked in less than five minutes. Founded
in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises
approximately 300 restaurants and directly owns and operates 13 restaurants.
For more information, please visit www.piefivepizza.com.
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