A Knoxville-based pizza shop is looking to spread across the country.
Hard Knox Pizzeria has reached an agreement with Beautiful Brands International to develop and franchise its restaurant nationwide.
The restaurant specializes in gourmet, artisan-style pizzas, wood-fired calzones and other Italian inspired dishes.
The owners say they're dreaming big, but taking expansion one step at a time.
"Our best chance is to sell locally and regional first in Chattanooga, Nashville, Tri-Cities. Once we've got a footprint here, then we're gonna do great nationally," said Dean Bastian, an owner.
The first franchise is set to open next spring.