A rapidly growing pizza chain is set to take over the vacated Cosi space on the north side of Worthington.
Documents prepared for the city's Architectural Review Board and Municipal Planning Commission show that Blaze Pizza, headquartered in California, is seeking to be the new tenant of 7166 N. High St., which has been vacant since Cosi left the building in October.
Blaze has expanded at a breakneck pace since its founding in 2012. Business Insider reported in January that the company had increased sales by 84 percent to $184 million in 2016. One of the company's largest investors is NBA star LeBron James, who has been with Blaze since the beginning.
The concept centers around made-to-order pizzas, which can be created by customers and cooked in an open flame in three minutes. Offerings range from specialty toppings to traditional cheese and pepperoni.
The chain, which opened its first central Ohio location in February 2015 near the Ohio State University campus, also has locations near Cincinnati and Canton, with plans for additional stores throughout the state on the way.
Details are slim for the Worthington project, but a Blaze spokeswoman said the store fits well in the busy area of Worthington.
The restaurant is even a partial mystery to Economic Development Manager David McCorkle, who said the city has had "very limited interaction" with Blaze. While he said "it's always encouraging to see a fast-growing company come to Worthington," McCorkle said he didn't have enough information on Blaze to comment.
The Blaze spokeswoman declined to set a target opening date for the Worthington location, but said more details could come soon.