While Hungry Howie's isn't entirely new to the Colorado food scene, the Michigan-based pizza chain is expanding within the Centennial State.

The pizza chain popularly known for its variety of flavored-crust pizzas recently opened two new locations in the Denver area.

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Hungry Howie's newest restaurants are located in Aurora and in Thornton; the one in Aurora is located at Mississippi Avenue and Chambers Road, and the one in Thornton is located at Washington Street and 104th Avenue.

With the addition of two new restaurants, Hungry Howie's will now have four locations within the state - to view all of Hungry Howie's Colorado locations, click here.

Mike Maloney, franchisee of the new Aurora Hungry Howie's, told 9News that his location will be a family-run business thanks to the help of his wife and daughter.

"It’s exciting to start my franchising journey with Hungry Howie’s," Maloney said. "I did my due diligence when I was looking into which franchise to buy, and Hungry Howie’s always came up as a top contender. The cost was affordable, and the franchise has a proven method with great products. I’m looking forward to serving high-quality flavored-crust pizzas with a side of excellent customer service to the Denver community."

The owner of the new Hungry Howie's location in Thornton, Ian Ferguson, said growing up in Michigan with Hungry Howie’s is really what led to his love of the pizza:

"I’ve been a fan of Hungry Howie’s for a long time and excited to finally own a slice of the pie," said Ferguson. "I’m looking forward to spreading Hungry Howie’s cheesy goodness, leading the brand’s fan base in Denver, and helping others fall in love with the brand as much as we did."

"We’re thrilled to have Mike and Ian be part of the brand’s expanding footprint in Colorado," Jennifer Jackson, Vice President of Development at Hungry Howie’s said. "Denver is a great market for us and we’re lucky to have franchisees like Mike and Ian representing us. They both show great dedication and passion for the brand and we’re confident in their success and growth in the Denver market."

Founded in Taylor, Michigan back in 1973, Hungry Howie’s Pizza has grown to more than 525 locations in 21 states within the U.S.

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