MOD Pizza Comes to the NoHo Arts District
The NoHo Arts District dot com team is glad to announce that MOD Pizza will make the NoHo Arts District its newest home in late summer 2014. The neighborhood is attracting unique restaurants that fit with the lifestyle of the NoHo arts community. MOD Pizza founder put it best:
“The NOHO Arts District strikes us as one of the best and most vibrant neighborhoods in LA. What appealed to MOD was not only the residential density, but the thriving business community and wonderful theatre district as well – all wrapped together in a great walkable urban village.” Scott Svenson, co-founder and CEO of MOD
But what does “MOD” mean? MOD stands for a few things… originally (and still does) it meant Made-On-Demand – meaning customers area able to customize their own pizza and have it create and cooked for them “on demand” in under 5 minutes. It is also a nod to the slightly rebellious 60s era in the UK. Founders Scott and Ally lived in London for 11 years (and started Seattle Coffee Company while there), so it has a bit of a special place in their heart.
MOD also represents a “modern” twist on the pizzerias of old – no more ½ pepperoni, ½ Canadian bacon so that everyone can be happy. Now every can order their own personal pizza.
We asked the MOD Pizza folks what makes their restaurant a nice match to the NoHo Arts District.
“MOD is about creating amazing individualized pizzas at an affordable price, offering a cool and inspiring atmosphere with friendly, welcoming employees. We like to call it “Simple Food for Complex Times.” We are all about great people – and the NOHO district seems to mirror that feeling.
We are focused on creating one great store at a time, and being a part of the community where each of our stores is located. We look forward to becoming a part of the NOHO community.”
Where will MOD Pizza be located?
“Because this space did not have a previous life as a retail location (it was formerly a loading dock), we have a raw shell to create a really interesting space architecturally. We will have a great indoor/outdoor patio and a lot of interesting interior features. We can’t wait to share it! “
**MOD Pizza will be located at 5300 Lankershim Blvd. (Lankershim and Chandler – they will have a new number that has not yet been assigned) in the loading dock of the former HOW’s Market, across from the METRO.
About MOD Pizza
MOD pioneered the “build your own pizza” concept in 2008 and currently operates 16 company-owned stores in Washington, Oregon and California. Founded by Scott and Ally Svenson, MOD was inspired by the couple’s love of Italian street-style pizza, their desire for authentic, affordable and fast dining options for their busy family and the idea that a great company could be built around people. The Svensons bring their experience from building two highly successful concepts – Seattle Coffee Company and Carluccio’s. They launched Seattle Coffee Co in London in 1995, growing the brand to 65 company-owned stores before being acquired by Starbucks in 1998 after which Scott assumed the role of President, Starbucks Europe. In 1999, they co-founded Carluccio’s, an award-winning Italian deli-café concept that went public in the UK in 2005. MOD’s team of advisors and executives bring additional experience from iconic brands such as Starbucks, Apple, Panera, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Disney, Dunkin Donuts, Qdoba, McDonald’s and Schwartz Brothers Restaurants.
MOD is committed to creating not just a cool place to eat, but an inspired place to work. The company has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Breakout Brands” by Nations Restaurant News and ranked as a “Fastest Growing Company” and “Best Places to Work” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
MOD’s artisan-style pizzas are Made-On-Demand (MOD), using organic fresh-pressed dough and signature sauces. Customers can create their own pizzas and salads, using any combination of 30 featured toppings, or they can choose from a menu of MOD classics. Pizzas and salads are the same price regardless of the number of toppings. Pizzas are hand-cooked in an 800 degree oven in less than 3 minutes and salads are hand-tossed in front of the customer. MOD also offers local draft beers, wine, sweet and savory knots, milkshakes, and house-made lemonades and iced teas.
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