Owensboro Press Release

Azzip Pizza Coming to Owensboro, KY

Popular Evansville pizza experience is expanding to Owensboro in summer 2019.

Evansville, IN, March 19, 2019 –  Azzip (AY-ZIP) Pizza is expanding from its hometown of Evansville to Owensboro in July of 2019.  The fast-casual pizza restaurant is known for its flaky, golden crust and creative specialty pizzas.  Azzip allows customers to create something delicious from an array of flavorful sauces and freshly prepared toppings before baking right in front of them in under three minutes.  Customers with dietary needs and preferences also have options from low-carb cauliflower and gluten-free crusts to dairy free cheese and plant-based sausage.  Warm chocolate chunk cookies complete the experience.

The concept for Azzip was created by Brad Niemeier in 2012 after winning a business plan competition when he was a student at Purdue University.  After school, he returned to his hometown of Evansville and teamed up with long-time friend and professional chef Blake Kollker to open the first restaurant in 2014.  Since then, they have been awarded the “Best New Restaurant” by Evansville Living Magazine and voted the “Best Place for Pizza” Gold award by Evansville Courier and Press readers.  Brad has also been recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Southwest Indiana Chamber for his innovative approach to making pizza and the fast growth of his business. 

Since opening the first location, Brad recruited his family to help grow Azzip (which is pizza spelled backwards).  Dad (Dan) retired to manage new store construction and store maintenance, Mom (Laura) keeps the books, older brother (Andy) partners as Co-CEO, and younger brother (Craig) is the head of operations.  Adopted family member Blake, who creates the popular pizza of the month at Azzip, has developed fan favorites such as a slow-smoked pork pizza topped with crushed Grippos and a Ski soda reduction (E’Vil Pig), a Crab Rangoon inspired pizza (March Crabness), and a goat cheese and goat horn peppers pizza (Mama’s Little Goat).

“Ever since Azzip first opened in Evansville, we have been hearing about all the awesome things happening across the river,” says Brad Niemeier.  “We are so excited for the opportunity to be a part of what Owensboro has become.  We can’t wait to do our best to contribute as a great employer, dining option and community partner.”

Azzip will be hiring 25 full and part-time managers and team members to serve up these delicious pizzas.  Azzip recognizes and rewards its valuable team, and team members start at $11 per hour and shift managers start at $13 per hour.  With flexible schedules for students and growth opportunities with an expanding local restaurant business, Azzip offers a great work environment to earn money for college or build a career. 

The Owensboro Azzip will be located on Frederica Street just inside the Bypass.  The restaurant, Azzip’s 8th location, will open in early July 2019. 

For information about careers at Azzip or for other questions, call 812-909-4144, visit azzippizza.com or find them on Facebook.


Azzip Pizza was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.  The family-owned and operated business is committed to serving personal and delicious pizzas on a flaky, golden crust with an array of sauces and freshly prepared toppings.  Azzip is also dedicated to leading as a great employer and rewarding its valuable team.  Their current locations are in Evansville, Newburgh, Bloomington, Terre Haute, and Lafayette, IN, and Bowling Green, KY.  azzippizza.com 812.909.4144