Brick Kerge, vice president of operations for MOD Pizza Florida, says his company’s mission is to “become a force for positive change in the lives of the MOD Squads and the communities we serve.’’
Those are admirable traits for the Seattle-based company, but let’s talk pizza. MOD “build your own’’ pies are among the best in South Florida, build it yourself or any other kind. The atmosphere and “MOD Squad’’ employees are as fresh and colorful as restaurant’s 30-plus ingredients.
“We really want guests to love the product, our unique culture and the atmosphere our restaurants have to offer,’’ Kerge said.
What MOD Pizza offers is terrific artisan-style pizza in three sizes – six-inch, 11-inch and my favorite 11-inch Double. Choose from six sauces and seven cheeses, pile on as many toppings you desire (the same price for one as for 30) and after about six minutes in a 700-degree, the flavors dance in your mouth.
“We make pizza so we can serve people,’’ Kerge said. “Our people-first approach and mission to use pizza as a platform to do good, sets us apart from other pizza concepts.’’
Fort Lauderdale-based BBX Capital is the exclusive franchisee for the MOD Pizza brand in Florida. It has an agreement to develop up to 60 MOD locations throughout the state over the next five to seven years. The next MOD Pizza is set to open this month in Jacksonville, with locations in Coral Springs, Kendall and Town & Country scheduled to open early in 2018.
“Being headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, it was very important to us to have our first location in Broward County,’’ Kerge said. “Parkland is a rapidly growing community and one of the fastest growing areas in South Florida.
MOD has established itself as a leader in the fast-casual pizza category while offering consumers an authentic, affordable and fast dining experience and we believe Parkland is a good fit with its very family friendly atmosphere.’’