Blaze Pizza is the latest fast-casual spot to roll into Tempe.
It opened on Thursday, April 14, on University Drive and Maple Avenue, across from Chick-fil-A.
This is the first Arizona branch of Blaze Pizza, which was founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (of Wetzel’s Pretzels) in California in 2012.
Unlike the others, Blaze has some big-name backers. Counted among its investors are LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis.