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SpinFire's Owners, Including Redskins' No. 88, Detail Game Plan


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Fouad Qreitem, left, and Pierre Garcon, founders of SpinFire

 

Another day, another new fast-casual pizza chain to cover, or so it seems to this blogger. But SpinFire Pizza of Arlington, Virginia, believes it has two secret weapons in its co-founders: No. 88 for the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Pierre Garcon; and the founder of Paisano’s Pizza, Fouad Qreitem.

Garcon got to know his co-founder while working in marketing for Paisano’s. “I enjoyed the food, and that got me interested in the restaurant business,” Garcon says, especially in the choose-your-own-ingredients, bake-in-90-seconds chains that are popping up everywhere.

“I do everything” at SpinFire, Garcon says about his role, when he’s not on the football field. “I try to learn as much as possible. I’m in the stores more than I should be.”

Fouad, meanwhile, had been in the delivery business for 18 years when he learned about fast-casual pizza. “I started doing a lot of research, and visiting a lot of companies,” he says. “I took what I liked and didn’t like, and I think I perfected the concept.”

Fouad says SpinFire’s food is the best, and that’s how they’ll beat the competition. (Of course, if this blogger had a dollar for every time she’s heard that, she’d be able to afford lunch at a different fast-casual pizza place every day, each with the best food on the planet.)

Fouad points to his success at Paisano’s, which today has 30 stores, and thinks Garcon is a solid partner. “Pierre is a great person. I tell this to everybody. He’s the most driven person I’ve ever met,” he says.

As for the upcoming football season, Garcon is positive. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. We have a lot of good players,” he says, and now the Redskins just need to win more games. Winning more franchisees for SpinFire would be fine with him, too.

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