Some fast-casual pizza concepts are hitting a wall, but Boston’s Oath Craft Pizza is gearing up for growth in 2017. With multiple concepts competing for attention from private-equity backers, Oath Craft Pizza has the advantage of being owned by an investment firm. Breakaway, which doubles as a branding agency, closed on a $4.5 million financing round in September to continue growing its four-unit brand in Boston as well as new markets, including New York and Washington, D.C.
Another advantage for Oath Craft is its stackable, smokeless electric ovens that don’t require ventilation, allowing the chain to operate in small footprints. Current locations include a seasonal Nantucket shack and a Boston train station outpost.