Eater: &pizza CEO Dissects Expansion Plans, Winning Strategies at MCON

By Tierney Plumb
Eater, June 6, 2017

Michael Lastoria, co-founder and CEO of burgeoning chain &pizza, provided attendees at the sold-out MCON, a millennial conference about social movements, on Tuesday with a break down of where his homegrown restaurant is headed — highlighting how he’s already beating some major players in the fast-casual food scene. The crash course in pizzanomics took place at MCON, the socio-political gathering that drew about 1,000 to the Newseum this week ... In true millennial fashion, here are some quick-hit business stats Lasotoria shared on June 6. ...

Soon to hit 24. The NoMad store — its first in NYC — is set to debut in less than two weeks, he said. And &pizza just announced its next expansion in D.C.: opening a storefront in Adams Morgan at 2465 18th Street NW by mid-August. The new shop, it’s 24th overall and the 12th in D.C....

Fight for $15: He was recently on Capitol Hill to help reintroduce a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. “I got [Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] really fired up — we were burning the house down,” he said. ...

Beating burritos: “We have one of the most attractive economic models in the industry,” he said, flashing a set of black-and-white slides. According to Lastoria, recent quarterly filings show that &pizza’s sales per square foot rival that of N.Y. burger giant Shake Shack and are higher than national chain Chipotle.

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