BY REBECCA ISENHART
NISKAYUNA — This may sound cheesy, but a new restaurant is expected to rake in the dough once it takes over the third and final slice of retail space that was once Barnes and Noble in the Mohawk Commons shopping center in Niskayuna.
Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza, a fast casual restaurant that picks up on the trend of highly customizable fare with high-quality ingredients, is scheduled to begin construction soon at the approximately 2,500 square foot parcel.
“The lease is signed,” said Ken Brownell, co-principal at real estate brokerage firm Vanguard-Fine LLC.
“They’re in design right now, and construction should start in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
The location will be the first of several planned for Upstate New York, representing a fast-paced expansion for a company that began in California in 2012.
Blaze’s philosophy is built on the perceived preferences of the millennial generation for highly customizable fare with high-quality ingredients, prepared at a fast pace.
From traditional pepperoni and mozzarella to gorgonzola cheese with pesto drizzle, the 36 topping options can satisfy purists and gourmets alike.
“You can kind of design your own pizza,” Brownell said. “They have a patented machine that cooks the pizza in three minutes.”
Customers can choose to eat in or take out, even ordering ahead online, but there is no delivery service.
“We’re very pleased that we’re having a new tenant there,” Niskayuna town Supervisor Joe Landry said. “I’m looking forward to having some pizza.”
This story originally appeared in The Daily Gazette.