Blaze Fast-Fired Pizza by the University of Kentucky campus closed Monday for good, a restaurant worker told a caller.
The company issued this statement on why the restaurant closed: “After careful consideration, we decided to consolidate our locations in Lexington to best serve the community. We encourage guests to visit any of our other Lexington restaurants, including locations at the Hamburg and Summit Center, and we look forward to continued expansion throughout Kentucky.”
The pizza restaurant at 341 South Limestone opened in August of 2015 with great fanfare, including a free pizza day to new customers.
Blaze was part of a new wave of fast-fired pizza restaurants that opened in Lexington in the last few years, cooking cheap pizzas in super-hot ovens in just a few minutes. Others of that ilk included Uncle Maddio’s, which closed more than a year ago on Euclid; MOD Pizza; and Pie Five Pizza.
The Blaze Pizza restaurant, which was across from Two Keys Tavern, had seating for about 60 inside with an outdoor patio and hoped to appeal to both college students and professors as well as the nearby hospitals.
The restaurant was the eighth for Millenial Restaurant Group, which also opened two more locations in Lexington — at Hamburg and at the Summit at Fritz Farm.