Cottage Inn Pizza was founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1948. Originally a coffee shop, pizza was added to the menu in 1959 and was the first pizza business in Michigan. The original building and restaurant still stands.
Today, Cottage Inn Pizza is a chain of franchised pizza restaurants. Franchising did not begin until 2014, but the company already has more than 50 locations in Michigan and Ohio, with plans for 500 stores in the next 15 years in all 50 states.
The company is best known for its specialty pizzas, such as apple pie, gluten free, and build your own pizzas, where customers choose whatever toppings they like. The chain also specializes in various flavored crusts, such as garlic butter, sesame seed, and butter Parmesan crusts.