Tony Whaley To Manage Blaze Pizza At The Gateway, Future Locations In Chattanooga Area

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Tony Whaley
Tony Whaley

Blaze Pizza, described as the nation’s leading fast-casual franchise pizza concept, announced the hiring of restauranteur Tony Whaley to manage operations at the first of three planned locations opening in the Chattanooga area.

Mr. Whaley, who has nearly two decades of experience in the food service industry, will lead operations at the restaurant’s location at The Gateway opening later this year. He will also manage two future area locations opening over the next few years.

“Tony’s demonstrated leadership and commitment to high-quality dining are integral to Blaze Pizza’s introduction to our community,” said Caroline McWhorter, president of Stadium Development Corporation. “His depth of experience creating new flavors is the perfect complement to Blaze’s artisanal and made-from-scratch items. We very much look forward to Tony stepping into this role and sharing the Blaze Pizza experience with East Ridge and the greater Chattanooga area.”

Mr. Whaley is currently managing all food and concessions at CHI Memorial Stadium, including the newest addition to the stadium, the Executive Club. His two decades of experience includes cooking, serving and management at pizza and barbecue restaurants, as well as fine dining establishments throughout the region.

“It’s nearly impossible to beat the dining atmosphere at CHI Memorial Stadium, yet Blaze Pizza will provide the same upbeat and quality dining fans enjoy every match day,” said Mr. Whaley. “As a native of the area, it’s very exciting to see East Ridge flourishing as The Gateway continues to grow. Our team at Blaze will set the tone for the exciting dining and entertainment opportunities unfolding in East Ridge.”

Blaze Pizza is the latest addition to The Gateway announced by developer and owner of the Chattanooga Red Wolves, Bob Martino. The 110-acre complex will also include luxury townhomes, apartments, craft breweries, entertainment, offices, retailers and event spaces.

Founded in 2011, Blaze Pizza is the nation’s leading fast-casual pizza franchise concept with more than 340 restaurants across 38 states and 6 countries. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Blaze Pizza "is committed to delivering a one-of-a-kind customer experience and unparalleled high-quality products. Known for its savory artisanal pizzas and customizable made-to-order menu featuring fresh, natural ingredients free from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners, Blaze leads the industry in menu innovation and product excellence. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including Entrepreneur's Franchise 500, as well as #1 spots on Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers and Shakers and Franchise Times' Fast and Serious list." 


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