Michigan-based TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants announced plans Wednesday to bring a new pizza chain from Seattle to Metro Detroit area, beginning with two locations next year.

The family-owned developer plans to open 25 MOD Pizza restaurants in the next five years in locations all across the metro area. The first location, expected to open by spring, will be in Northville, followed soon after by a location in Livonia.

Mark Schostak, chairman of the restaurant group, says the MOD pizza model offers a new option for an area that has already been proven a good market for pizza,

“Detroit is a great pizza town,” said Schostak. “There is a lot of equity and awareness of pizza in the Detroit area and I think that bodes well as we focus on bringing in MOD.”

The Metro Detroit area is the birthplace of such pizza chains as Little Caesars, Dominoes, Buddy’s, Jet’s and Happy’s.

Schostak says MOD offers a different dining experience than the existing pizza places. In addition to complete customization, the pizzas are cooked in an 800-degree oven for less than 3 minutes, making it fast enough for lunch as well as dinner,” he said.

TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants has plenty of experience in the casual and fast-casual dining world. Throughout the state, the company owns and operates 66 Applebees, 60 Burger Kings, 11 Olga’s Kitchens and four Del Tacos. The family-owned business just added a fourth generation member with the addition of Jacob Schostak, who will be assisting with the MOD Pizza openings.

The developer will open the restaurants at plazas and strip malls it already owns. For example, the 2,600-square-foot Northville restaurant will be located at the Schostak owned Northville Park Place on the corner of 7 Mile and Haggerty. The second location, a 2,600-square-foot place on Middlebelt just south of Interstate 96 and across from Menards, is also owned by the developer.

“We plan on growing rapidly in the greater Detroit area,” said Schostak. “In a short period of time, we’re going to be building a lot of MOD Pizza locations and leverage our family’s real estate business and contacts and portfolio to assist (in the expansion).”

It marks a big commitment to the Metro Detroit area, and a sharp change from recent years where many businesses refrained from investing after the recession hit.

“What’s fueling the expansion here is the economy is better here and also, commercial real estate construction has increased,” he said. “With the new construction, it’s providing new opportunities.” 222-2127

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