Monday, March 10, 2008

Straw Hat Pizza Cooks Up Excitement for New Store Recently Opened in Natomas, California

Straw Hat Pizza opened their third restaurant in the Sacramento area and first-ever in Natomas.

This 6,411- square foot location at 4441 E. Commerce Way in North Natomas will be the first one in the area with two private banquet halls – complete with large, wide-screen TVs and designed for sports team banquets, off-site business meetings, family events and other community gatherings.

There’s also an arcade room with old-fashioned pin ball machines, plush toy cranes and video games. Entertainment includes Karaoke every Friday night from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Straw Hat has a bountiful salad bar, a variety of lunch combination deals including pasta, sandwiches and its signature "genuine California pizza", unrivaled with a layered, flaky crust, the freshest toppings, light sauce, and several kinds of naturally aged cheese. Straw Hat's California creation is unlike any other pizza. It is crisper, tastier, and fresher, lighter, and served with a variety of unique toppings.

Store owner Clark Rupp, chairman of the Straw Hat Cooperative Corporation Board says the new store is an ideal community gathering place for local sports teams, business lunches and family celebrations.

Jonathan Fornaci, president of Straw Hat, says the chain is “very excited” about the opening of this store and adds that Straw Hat is always looking for new locations to reach people that it may not have served in the past.

"There's a lot of growth happening (for us) in the area," Fornaci says.

For reservations call: 916-515-1515 Store hours: Sun.-Thur: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Book reservations in advance for the banquet halls which accommodate up to 70 people.

About Straw Hat Pizza Cooperative Corporation

Called Straw Hat Cooperative Corporation, the company is not a typical franchisor, but a cooperative made up of each Straw Hat pizza restaurant owner. Each restaurant represents one share of ownership. Members pay royalties to the cooperative and in return, receive marketing materials, better deals with suppliers, and ingredients and packaging manufactured by the cooperative.

Each owner has a real say in his or her company’s future, and the Cooperative was recently awarded the prestigious seal of Fair Franchising by the American Association Franchisees & Dealers (AAFD).

Founded in 1959, Straw Hat Pizza is the originator of "Genuine California Pizza," comprised of numerous locations in the Western U.S. and is poised for rapid growth in the U.S. and Canada during 2008.

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