Mr. Gatti’s Pizza plans to open three locations in Louisiana, with the first slated to open in spring 2024. The brand currently has eight locations in the state, according to a press release.
Behind the three-unit deal is franchise owner Bryant Gielen, who opened his first location in Crowley, Louisiana, in 2010. He has since opened units in Jennings and Eunice, Louisiana.
“Growing up with Mr. Gatti’s, I cherished the unique culture, fresh ingredients, and vibrant food-first atmosphere that welcomed me every time I stepped through the doors,” Gielen said in the press release. “Over the years, Mr. Gatti’s has become a place of belonging for generations of employees. Many of them have been with me since I opened my first location in 2010, and continue to return with their own children. Even people from out of state make a point to stop by because they don’t have a Mr. Gatti’s in their area, and it brings them joy to taste a slice of home.”
“Bryant embodies the strong enthusiasm and passion for our brands that we look for in every franchisee,” Travis Smith, vice president of marketing at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, said in the press release. “The expansion in Louisiana is a testament to the strong growth momentum behind the Mr Gatti’s Pizza brand and our commitment to bringing our delicious pizza to even more communities across the country in 2023.”
Mr. Gatti’s operates more than 130 restaurants open and in development.