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August 4, 2021

Mountain Mike’s Pizza Named a Top-Performing Restaurant Chain

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Mountain Mike’s Receives Recognition as a Top-Performing Restaurant Chain

Mountain Mike’s Pizza has been named to two coveted industry lists for outstanding 2020 performance. The fast-growing pizza franchise has jumped 47 spots on Restaurant Business’ 2021 List of Highest Growing Restaurant Chains and 33 spots on NRN’s Annual Top 500 Report. These accolades follow on the heels of Mountain Mike’s reporting Q1 2021 as the best sales quarter in the brand’s 43-year history, with same-store sales up 23.4%.

Restaurant Business’ Highest Growing Restaurant Chains

Climbing 47 spots to #140 on Restaurant Business’ Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, Mountain Mike’s saw considerable gains last year in system sales ($206 million; up 13.3%), units (228; up 6.0%), and AUV ($947; up 7%).

The respected report published by Restaurant Business is in partnership with Technomic, which – leveraging decades of food service experience – has published annual chain restaurant reports for nearly half a century. This publication serves as one of the industry’s leading performance trackers.

Nation’s Restaurant News Top 500

Mountain Mike’s banner sales year also propelled the company to a much higher ranking on the prestigious Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) Top 500 Report. The brand climbed 33 spots to #156 based on domestic systemwide sales.

NRN has tracked the performance of the largest 200 restaurant chains for decades, with Mountain Mike’s debuting at #189 in last year’s rankings based on 2019 sales. Landing at #156 overall in the latest report, Mountain Mike’s also ranked as the third-fasted growing pizza chain in terms of 2020 systemwide sales out of the 25 pizza chains on the list, just behind Papa John’s and Donatos. The annual NRN report ranks the country’s restaurant brands by domestic systemwide sales, revealing an in-depth look at the health of the industry and the performance of its biggest players.

Expansion Guided by Expert Leadership

Acquired and reinvigorated by franchise industry leaders Chris Britt and Ed St. Geme in 2017, the Mountain Mike’s brand has grown significantly in restaurant count and new market development. Under their dynamic leadership, the pizza franchise continues to break sales records.

“Since acquiring Mountain Mike’s four years ago, we’ve endeavored to increase our brand’s visibility and attractiveness of the franchise opportunity, which we believe is foundationally driven by strong same-store and system sales performance,” said Britt in response to the accolades.

“Despite the challenges the entire restaurant industry experienced in 2020, it’s rewarding to see that our strong performance has propelled us to much greater heights on two distinguished lists and generated considerable interest amongst potential franchise partners. We are proud to be recognized as one of America’s top performing restaurant chains and look forward to introducing Mountain Mike’s Pizza to new guests throughout the country with the help of our growing franchise family,” added St. Geme.

A Top-Performing Restaurant Chain

With over 100 franchise commitments signed over the past eight months and 25 new units scheduled to open both in and out of California in 2021, the 240-unit franchised pizza brand is primed to continue expansion throughout the Western U.S.

After more than 40 years in business, Mountain Mike’s Pizza is uniquely positioned as an established brand on the rise and is seeking multi-unit franchise partners looking to diversify their portfolios with a leading family pizza concept. This organization is proud to be recognized as a top-performing restaurant chain.

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