October 24, 2016 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, Ga. – Restaurant entrepreneur Craig Tappin has returned to his Denver hometown to build a pizza empire! Tappin, along with create-your-own fast-casual pizza restaurant Uncle Maddio's, announce a three-unit deal to expand the top pizza franchise across Denver. The deal will bring the total Uncle Maddio’s Denver-area locations to five. Currently, Uncle Maddio’s operates two restaurants in Aurora and Westminster, CO, owned by Uncle Maddio’s franchisee James Smethie. Tappin’s first restaurant will open in Castle Rock at 3990 Limelight Ave. in the Hilltop Commons Center at the corner of Meadows Parkway and Limelight Ave.
Tappin has a long history in the restaurant industry. He has spent his career working for iconic restaurant brands McDonald’s and Einstein Bagels. At McDonald's, Tappin was responsible for the launch of the 'i'm loving it' campaign in the USA and served as Chief of Staff to the McDonald’s President and COO. He also was Chief Marketing Officer of Einstein Bagels. He returns to Denver to bring his extensive experience and best practices to the local restaurant scene.
“After a long career in the restaurant business, I am ready to take on a new challenge as a franchise owner,” said Craig Tappin, Uncle Maddio’s franchisee. “I was so impressed by the fresh ingredients and homemade pizza, as well as the management team that has set up a franchise operating system designed for success. I knew it was the right opportunity for me to bring Uncle Maddio’s to my hometown. I have always planned to return to Denver and now is the right time to do so.”
Uncle Maddio’s is a next generation pizza restaurant that lets guests build their own pizza exactly how they want it and cooked in fast baked ovens and served to their tables in about six minutes. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a delicious gluten-free option, and 48 toppings, including six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. Everything is fresh, from the pizza dough and sauce that’s made in-store each day to the wide variety of veggies. For guests looking to expand their pizza horizons, Uncle Maddio’s also offers signature pizzas ranging from the meaty Big Max to the spicy Jamaican Jerk. Create-your-own salads and Foldwich ™ sandwiches round out the Italian-inspired menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and wine.
“Denver has a strong economy, which presents an excellent opportunity for us to open multiple locations across the area,” said Matt Andrew, Uncle Maddio’s CEO. “As we continue to grow, it is franchise partners like Craig who will help to make our expansion a success.”
Since launching its aggressive growth plan in 2008, Uncle Maddio's has signed franchise agreements with 65 different entities in 19 states. Many of Uncle Maddio's franchisees have previous multi-unit experience with Jimmy John's, Firehouse Subs, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Burger King, Krystal, Papa John's, Domino's and Golden Corral. Uncle Maddio's is on track to have 250 restaurants open in five years with 1,000 units in development.
For information on Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, visit www.unclemaddios.com. Interested franchisees can visit unclemaddiosfranchise.com or contact Jocelyn Blain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With more than 1,350 Pizza Makers making more than 5,000,000 pizzas a year, Uncle Maddio's Pizza is category leader of the create-your-own, fast casual pizza restaurants. Operating almost 50 locations in 14 states, Uncle Maddio's has more than 250 units in development. Uncle Maddio's pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up fast for about $8. With four pizza sizes, three types of crusts (including gluten free), six sauces and 48 fresh toppings, Uncle Maddio's has the freshest and largest menu in the category. The restaurant's unique fast bake ovens offer the most throughput in the industry and can produce 200 pizzas per hour. Uncle Maddio's also serves Foldwiches™ and salads. Uncle Maddio's 'Served with Love' philosophy and restaurant is for everyone - children and families, college students, the young and the young at heart - and includes extensive community involvement. Based in Atlanta, the Uncle Maddio's management team has 50 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. www.unclemaddios.com
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