January 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA – Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, the 30-unit fast casual chain earning raves on its conquest of 13 states, is starting 2015 off with a bang with the opening of four new restaurants in January. The first opens Thursday, January 8 in The Gardens in Havana Shopping Center in Aurora, Colo. Units in Omaha, Nebraska, Charleston, South Carolina and Cary, North Carolina will open later this month.
"We are on track to have 500 restaurants open in five years with 1,000 units in development," said Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddio's. "Many of our franchisees partners have previous restaurant experience. That tells me that knowledgeable operators and discerning guests alike understand and appreciate the Uncle Maddio's premium, customizable approach to pizza. We anticipate opening 30 more restaurants in 2015."
Both the Aurora location and Uncle Maddio's first Jacksonville, Fla. restaurant, which opened in the Deerwood Village Shopping Center December 31, 2014, are celebrating grand-openings Saturday, January 10 with free 9-inch, any three-topping pizza to guests from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the Jacksonville restaurant, Uncle Maddio's opened its first Texas restaurant in Austin in late December. Four more will open in the Lone Star State.
The new Aurora location is the first of six Colorado restaurants to open over the next three years. The restaurant is owned and operated by local Denver resident and Colorado State University graduate James Smethie. "Denver is a hotbed of activity for the build-your-own pizza restaurants. I'm excited for locals to taste the difference between us and other pizza brands," Smethie said. "We offer more options than our competitors, fresher ingredients, and homemade sauces."
Veteran quick-service franchisee Kevin Gartner owns and operates the Deerfield restaurant, the first of five he will open in Florida, including two in Gainesville. Gartner is a long-time Krystal's franchisee with more than 20 years of experience operating restaurants in North Florida. "Deerwood Village is the perfect place for young, old, friends, families and office workers alike to enjoy the Uncle Maddio's menu," Gartner said. "I look forward to introducing the North Florida community to the create-your-own pizza concept."
Gartner's five units are among 30 new Uncle Maddio's scheduled to open in Florida by 2018. The fast-casual pizza chain recently awarded multi-unit deals to open in the Ocala, Panhandle and the Tallahassee markets. Other Florida target markets for 2015 include Tampa, Lakeland and Fort Myers, Fla.
Uncle Maddio's guests can choose one of three crusts, including a gluten-free option, and have the choice of 48 toppings including six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. For those with dietary restrictions, Uncle Maddio's serves up a huge selection of healthful choices like whole-wheat crusts, hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens. Create-your-own signature salads and toasted panini sandwiches round out the Italian-style, well-received menu. The restaurant also offers a cultivated selection of craft beers and wines.
Unlike other fast-casual pizza concepts, Uncle Maddio's uses fast bake ovens that offer the greatest throughput in the industry, making them the fastest and most efficient brand, as evidenced by up to 200 pizzas an hour. The ovens are also the most consistent, producing a perfectly-uniformed cooked pizza each and every time.
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 email@example.com.
With more than 1,000 Pizza Makers making more than 2,000,000 gourmet pizzas a year, Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is category leader of the create-your-own premium fast casual pizza restaurants. Operating 29 locations in 13 states, Uncle Maddio's opened 10 restaurants in 2014 with more than 225 units in development and has earned a 300 percent growth rate over the last two years. Uncle Maddio's pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up fast for about $7. With four pizza sizes; three types of crusts, including gluten-free; six sauces and 48 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free, 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 toasted paninis and gourmet salads – all prepared with locally sourced ingredients (when available) and salad dressings and 30 other menu items that are made on-site daily. 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 serves the guests and communities it is a part of. Based in Atlanta, the Uncle Maddio's management team has 50 years combined experienced in the fast casual category. Markets are available nationwide for franchise partner development including Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts.
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