Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen Expanding with a New Franchise Location in Mesa, Arizona

November 9, 2023

Russo's New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen recently finalized a franchise agreement with first-time franchise entrepreneurs, Keven Barth and Phuong Thai. The deal entails the establishment of a new Russo's franchise location in Mesa, Arizona, scheduled to open its doors in the Spring of 2024, as outlined in an official announcement.

Thai, in the press release, shared her perspective on the venture: "My husband and I are primarily based in Arizona, though we split our time between there and Houston. We've been loyal patrons of Russo's for years, deeply appreciating their cuisine, exceptional service, and the entire Russo's concept, including their innovative franchise model. What really drew us in was the prospect of owning a Russo's restaurant, which allows us direct access to Anthony Russo himself. This personal connection, as opposed to dealing with a faceless corporation, was a major selling point for us."

In the same press release, Chef Anthony Russo, the visionary behind Russo's New York Pizzeria Franchise and the company's CEO, emphasized the unique qualities that set their franchise concept apart: "We rely on time-honored Italian family recipes and the finest, freshest ingredients to craft a distinctive and delectable product. It is the superior quality of our cuisine that truly distinguishes our pizza franchise from the competition."

Russo's is enthusiastic about its expansion in Arizona with the collaboration of Kevin and Phuong, aiming to bring the finest New York-style pizza and authentic Italian dishes to the local communities.

Currently, Russo's has cultivated a presence with a total of 54 corporate-owned, as well as franchised establishments across various states, including Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, California, and Florida. Furthermore, the brand has ventured into the international market, with locations in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Doha, Qatar, and Manila, Philippines.

About Russo’s Restaurants

Founder Anthony Russo opened his first restaurant in 1999 in Houston, TX. There are currently 26 corporate and franchise locations throughout the Greater Houston Area, 9 locations nationally and 6 locations internationally. For more information about Russo’s franchise development opportunities, visit

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*The following data involves historic performance information for Domestic Restaurants corporate- or affiliate-owned, open and operating under effective Franchise Agreements by the same franchisee for fiscal year 2021. There are 35 franchised domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operating under effective Franchise Agreements as of December 31, 2021. 30 of which had been open for 12 months or longer. The following results include (a) the average Gross Sales for the 24 Domestic Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants that were franchisee owned, open, and operated for fiscal 2021. (b) The cash flows for the FOUR (4) company-owned Russo’s New York Pizzeria Restaurants operated for fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. Because we do not maintain the accounting records of our franchisees, we are unable to make any representation to the reliability of the financial data provided by franchised Restaurants.
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