February 11, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Soon, Nebraskans will get 50 million ways to enjoy fast and fresh pizza. Shawn Simmonds will open Nebraska's first Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint in Omaha this summer. The restaurant will offer made-to-order pizza, salad and sandwiches at Omaha and will be the first of six units as part of Simmonds' multi-unit agreement. Additional locations are slated to open in Omaha, Bellevue and Lincoln.
Shawn Simmonds grew up in Omaha, and developed a passion for restaurants working for his father, Mike Simmonds. An impactful franchisee of multiple concepts, Mike Simmonds developed and operated over 73 Burger King, Taco John's and Jimmy John's locations in Nebraska and Iowa. Shawn Simmonds, an alumnus of University of Nebraska – Omaha, is looking forward to working with his father and team to give Omaha a fresh way to enjoy pizza.
"We're really excited about bringing the first Uncle Maddio's to Nebraska and believe offering delicious customized pizza and salad with high quality ingredients, is something our community will love," said Shawn Simmonds. "It is great, you can build your pizza as healthy or indulgent as you want, and you are promptly served outstanding food in a fresh, casual environment great for lunch and dinner."
From gluten-free crust and made-from-scratch sauces to local veggies and hand-made sausages, Uncle Maddio's takes personalized pizza to a new level. Guests choose from a selection of 48 toppings including six sauces, hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens. Pizzas are offered in a variety of sizes, and the menu features create-your-own salad with made-from-scratch dressings, and toasted Panini sandwiches as well.
Uncle Maddio's is known as the fastest growing fast casual pizza concept and serves up pizzas in less than six minutes for $6.99. Fast casual is a growing trend in the restaurant industry as it aims to bring together a variety of options and fast, friendly service.
"The quality, speed and the people make Uncle Maddio's a unique experience. After a lot of thought and research, we are confident it is the right brand. There's so much potential and it will be a great fit for Nebraska," added Simmonds.
Not only was Simmonds impressed with Uncle Maddio's focus on successful operations and fresh ingredients, but the atmosphere of the restaurant also piqued his interest.
"It's a really beautiful build-out—stainless steel, high quality equipment in the kitchen and a vibrant, colorful dining area. It's a place where you can comfortably and conveniently grab an affordable lunch or dinner that everyone in the family enjoys," said Simmonds.
Matt Andrew's entrepreneurial spirit drove him to create the Uncle Maddio's concept in 2009. As the former president of Moe's Southwest Grill, he knew the demand for fast-casual and the potential of tapping into Americans' love for pizza.
"Uncle Maddio's is the fastest growing fast casual pizza brand and proves that people are looking for a way to enjoy a classic food in a new and different way," said Andrew. "We're excited about partnering with Mike and Shawn to bring a unique experience to Nebraska. The Simmonds family has a long history in serving up delicious food locally and we know that Uncle Maddio's will be another great addition to that legacy."
Uncle Maddio's has seen phenomenal grown in the past five years. In addition to Simmonds' locations in Nebraska, the franchisor boasts 165 units in development and continues to expand. Key markets include Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
For more information on Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, visit www.unclemaddios.com. Interested franchisees can visit www.unclemaddios.com/franchise-info/ or contact Roger Wagerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating its 5th year, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is the original create-your-own fast casual pizza restaurant. Operating 18 restaurants in six states, Uncle Maddio's is the fastest growing fast casual pizza brand in the US, with an additional 35 franchise restaurants in development for 2014, and 165 units committed through its franchisee network. Uncle Maddio's pizzas are completely customizable, made-to-order, and served up in just six minutes for under $7. Uncle Maddio's offers four pizza sizes, three types of crusts, including gluten-free, six sauces, and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free. The freshest and largest menu in the category, Uncle Maddio's also serves toasted paninis and gourmet salads -- all prepared with locally sourced ingredients and salad dressings that are made daily. Based in Atlanta, Uncle Maddio's management team has 50 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. Uncle Maddio's has targeted Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Virginia.
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