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UA grad opens campus pizza place

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UA grad opens campus pizza place

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Aug 31, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's a story that's come full circle for Trace Biskin.

"I'm just really happy to get back to Tucson and open our first location here," he said.

Biskin played football at the University of Arizona and after receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees, he says he explored a few career options but nothing panned out.

At the same time, his father opened up the first Pizza Studio in Los Angeles and Trace saw the potential to expand the restaurant at his alma mater.

"Then I realized, [it was a] really great opportunity to come back to Tucson and give back to the community because they gave me so much as a student athlete," he said. "So I really seized the opportunity."

The restaurant has a build-your-own concept where customers can choose from five different crusts, and add unlimited toppings to an 11 inch pizza for $7.99.

The pizza then cooks at 600 degrees for two minutes.

The restaurant, located at 1031 N. Park Ave., opened August 7 and Biskin says business started to pick up when the students returned.

"We've noticed a big increase in business and everyone's really excited and enjoying the pizza so we're all pretty happy," he said.

In keeping with the art theme, the restaurant also displays work from local artists and sells the pieces commission free.

Pizza Studio has more than a dozen locations nationwide with more on the way. As the Tucson franchise owner, Biskin says they have an east side location opening in November but other locations could be in the works.

"I can definitely see a handful of others," he said. "I really think the Tucson market can handle a good amount of Pizza Studios so I'd say in the next couple of years or so definitely opening up north west and east side of town and really exploring all the different opportunities."

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Pizza Studio will hold an appreciation day Tuesday, September 2 offering free pizzas to all UA students and faculty from Noon until 6 p.m.
 

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.