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US pizzeria brand 800 Degrees makes UK debut

24/01/2023 – Retail / Pizza / 800 degrees / Gravity / REEF Kitchens / UK / Pizzeria

US pizzeria brand 800 Degrees makes UK debut

Californian-born pizzeria 800 Degrees Pizza is making its UK debut this month. The popular international restaurant will launch its very European first site in one of the UK’s fastest growing and innovative leisure and entertainment providers, Gravity Wandsworth. 

Founded by award-winning chef and restaurateur Anthony Carron, the ‘Pizza, Wings and More’ restaurant 800 Degrees, which will officially launch in the UK on 24th January, currently has 35 locations worldwide, including in the US, Japan and Singapore. 

The UK launch is in partnership with serial investors REEF Technologies, the largest operator of multi-brand kitchens and experiences in North America. 

The Gravity Wandsworth launch will be followed by expansion plans that will see two further UK sites open in the next three months.

New food offering for London’s premier entertainment destination

Deploying new, innovative technology to redefine the UK leisure experience, Gravity Wandsworth offers the first all-electric, multi-level go-kart track in a UK high-street environment, and a first-of-its-kind bowling alley with a choice of projected gaming images onto the alley to provide an interactive experience. 800 Degrees’ new food offering stands alongside Gravity’s Newtons cocktail bar concept launched in 2022, making Gravity Wandsworth London’s premier 360-degree entertainment destination for all ages.   

The brand philosophy of 800° has remained simple for its decade of trading – to “find amazing ingredients and bring them to everyone” – and visitors to Gravity will be able to order their high quality and customisable meals via a QR code; they will also be available from Deliveroo for delivery.

Londoners and visitors to the capital can expect signature pizza builds such the innovative Butter Chicken with chicken in a tikka sauce, red onions and chillies; the famous Doppio with crispy pepperoni and spicy salami; or the fan-favourite Build Your Own option, encouraging guests to evoke their inner chef while choosing from a vast selection of their premium toppings. 

UK debut: A milestone moment for 800º Degrees Pizza

“We are so pumped for this entrance into the UK, which will be a pivotal milestone for our brand,” remarked Tommy Lee, CEO of 800 Degrees Pizza. “Having the opportunity to bring the 800 Degrees experience to the people of the UK and the lively location of Gravity Wandsworth is just so exciting for the whole team. We see 800° Degrees Pizza as a lifestyle choice, bringing the premium pizza party to whoever, wherever, whenever and however our customers want it – and we just hope Londoners love it as much as we do.”

A veteran hospitality professional, Tommy Lee, brings over 25 years of industry experience to his role as chief executive officer of 800° Degrees Pizza. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring one of the States’ most popular gourmet pizza brands to the UK for the very first time,” enthused Kenneth Rourke, President of REEF Kitchens. “From their signature pizza offerings to mouth-watering oven-baked wings, guests will love the flavours and premium ingredients 800° Degrees delivers through the innovative convenience of REEF Food Hall.”

​​Harvey Jenkinson, Co-Founder and CEO of Gravity, said his team was excited to welcome 800 Degrees to Gravity Wandsworth, calling the pizzeria chain “a brilliant business” to complement Gravity’s current food offering. “Gravity strives to push the boundaries of leisure entertainment within the UK, breathing life back into the high street – replacing traditional shopping with fun and entertainment – and is always on the lookout for brands that will help to build our offering. We are looking forward to hearing what our customers think!”

800 Degrees will open its doors officially at Gravity Wandsworth on 24th January and will be open from 8:30am every day thereafter, closing at 11pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 12:30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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