Minnetonka, Minn.-based SOLOS Pizza Café Franchising LLC plans to expand upon the three Solos Pizza Café restaurants operated by its affiliate, and is now offering investment opportunities to interested franchisees.

SOLOS offers top-your-own individual pizzas cooked in less than 3 minutes using state-of-the-art oven technology, according to a news release. Topping choices include peppadew peppers, Southwest chipotle pesto and smoked bacon, among others.

Bruce Thomson and Brian Banick are the partners behind the SOLOS Pizza Café concept which has three locations in the Twin Cities metro: Maple Grove, Plymouth and Eagan. Thomson has started several companies including ProEx Photo and Archiver's scrapbooking superstores. He is responsible for building ProEx Photo to 38 locations and $20 million in sales when he sold the company in 1992. Thomson and his partners started Archiver's in 2000 and grew the company to nearly 38 stores and $61 million in sales.

Thomson researched and tested new ideas before opening the top-your-own SOLOS concept.

"I saw it working at Chipotle, Panera and Noodles, and I thought it could work for individual pizza," Thomson said.

SOLOS Pizza Cafe first opened 2007 after 40 different dough recipes were tested. The concept has since been tweaked to focus on individual pies and topping offerings based on customer feedback. Now, after nearly seven years, SOLOS is ready to franchise.

"We worked hard to make sure we thought of everything and have meticulously documented the SOLOS process breaking it down into easy to understand instructions and guidelines so there is no guesswork for the pizza franchisee in terms of operation. We just need the right people to make it happen," Banick said.

To help with the growth, the partners are adding a new website, public relations assistance and an advertising campaign featuring outdoor boards, radio commercials and more. Franchising information is available at solospizza.com.

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