February 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // Atlanta, GA - Popular fast-casual brand Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint is celebrating the opening of its first Nebraska location by serving free 9-inch, any three-topping pizza to guests from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday January 31, 2015 at its new restaurant located at 2521 S 132nd St in Omaha, Nebraska. The Orchard Plaza location is part of the create-your-own pizza chain's entry to the Midwest market and is the first of six Nebraska-area Uncle Maddio's restaurants planned.
Uncle Maddio's offers premium ingredients and more customization than any other fast-casual pizza chain. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a gluten-free option, and 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 options such as whole wheat and gluten-free 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 menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and wine.
Nebraska's first Uncle Maddio's is owned and operated by Omaha native, Shawn Simmonds, who grew up in the restaurant business. His father, Mike Simmonds developed and operated over 90 Burger King, Taco John's and Jimmy John's restaurants in Nebraska and Iowa. Simmonds learned the business from him, and has a sharp focus on operational excellence, team building, and community involvement.
Before opening Uncle Maddio's, Simmonds considered operating a number of other pizza brands and even chose one. But after meeting with Uncle Maddio's experienced restaurant leadership team and tasting the quality of its pizza, he changed his mind and became an Uncle Maddio's multi-unit franchisee. Simmonds plans a total of six Uncle Maddio's locations, with restaurants in Bellevue and Papillion, Neb. as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa in the works.
"I've been interested in opening a pizza restaurant for a long time, and I know Maddio's fresh, build-your-own pizza and salad concept is just what the restaurant scene in Omaha needs," said Shawn Simmonds, Uncle Maddio's franchisee. "Uncle Maddio's offers the most options and the freshest ingredients available and will be a great addition to the community."
Since launching its aggressive growth plan in 2008, Uncle Maddio's has signed franchise agreements with 55 different entities in 18 states. Many of Uncle Maddio's franchisees have previous multi-unit experience with Jimmy John's, Firehouse Subs, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Burger King, Krystal, Papa John's, Domino's, Golden Corral and Five Guys. Uncle Maddio's is on track to have 300 restaurants open in five years with 1,000 units in development.
For more information on Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint, visit http://www.unclemaddios.com. Interested franchisees can visit http://www.unclemaddios.com/franchise or contact Roger Wagerman.
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, earning a 200 percent growth rate in 2013, 2014 and projected 2015, with more than 225 units in development. Uncle Maddio's pizzas are customizable, made-to-order, and served up fast for under $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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