A Straw Hat Pizza Genuine California Pizzeria franchise is opening in the National Plaza shopping center next to Publix, becoming the company’s first franchise in Georgia.
The restaurant at 2816 Washington Road will open in late April or early May, depending on progress for the construction project, partner Shailen Patel said.
Patel is renovating the 2,600-square-foot space, which can seat 65 customers.
San Ramon, Calif.-based Straw Hat Pizza surveyed the area and selected the location for the franchise, he said.
“They found that this was one of the busiest Publix stores in Augusta. From here to the other side, there’s no sitting pizzeria restaurants. That’s why they chose this location,” he said.