There’s a new franchise in town! Middle Tennessee’s first Hungry Howie’s Pizza opened its doors at 2015B Lascassas Pike on Tuesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in which owners Jon Curfman and Jim Patel presented donation checks to two local non-profits, the Boys and Girls Club of Rutherford County, and Alive Hospice, each in the amount of $250. Patel, who owns the two businesses on each side of Hungry Howie’s, says he’s been looking for the right business to fill the gap since 2006, and that finding a business that offered affordable prices and could provide jobs for younger employees was a big motivator in partnering with Curfman and Hungry Howie’s. In fact, Curfman already has a longer-term plan which would involve opening up 3 to 5 more Hungry Howie’s stores in Rutherford County, with Smyrna and LaVergne the next likely locations.
Hungry Howie’s distinguishes itself from other pizzas by offering flavored crust options. This year marks the chain’s 40th anniversary, with over 500 locations nationwide.