South Tampa residents and commuters might want to mark their calendars. Blackjack Pizza & Salads is observing its one-year milestone with an anniversary bash from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 — and freebies (OK, one of them is basically a freebie because it's so cheap) are in store.
Diners can get in on complimentary pizza and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce throughout the celebration, plus an all-day birthday special: a full order of square-pan cheese bread for $1.
Blackjack Pizza, founded in Colorado as a delivery business 34 years ago, is known for both deep-dish and round pies that're made-to-order. According to a statement from co-owner Matt Blackburn — who brought the franchise to Tampa with co-owner Mike Ulizio in November 2016 — the local community has been very supportive of the Gandy Boulevard restaurant, which opened as the first Blackjack Pizza in Florida.
With 45 locations in five states, the franchise now operates in Bonita Springs alongside Tampa.