March 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Fast-casual pizza pioneer Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced today the signing of its largest franchise deal to date. JUMP Restaurant Management, a subsidiary of Jubilee Restaurant Group, will develop 13 Uncle Maddio’s across the Mid-South. Communities in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, La.; Greater Memphis, Tenn. and Southaven and Olive Branch, Miss. will soon be able to enjoy Uncle Maddio’s premium, customized pizza experience.
“We researched the fast-casual pizza segment for two-and-a-half years before choosing Uncle Maddio’s,” said Seth Hargett, founder and president of Jubilee Restaurant Group. “We liked that the leadership team is made up of former operators who understand what it takes to run a successful restaurant. And as a former chef, I was blown away by the flavor, freshness, taste and variety of the menu. There’s nothing like it on the market.”
Hargett himself is a veteran restaurateur. Prior to moving into development and operations with Jubilee, he honed his culinary skills cooking in the kitchens of the Brennan family, Emeril Lagasse and Gerard Maras before moving on to the head chef role at Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Pt. Clear, AL, an AAA 4 diamond resort.
Jubilee Restaurant Group operates 10 Five Guys Hamburgers and Fries with development rights to 14 more in five states. Investors in the JUMP/Uncle Maddio’s deal also include a former Five Guys Vice President of Franchise Development Greg DeCelle.
“We could not ask for a better partner than Seth and Jubilee as we grow Uncle Maddio’s across the country,” said Matt Andrew, CEO and founder of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint. “We share a common belief that you can deliver a first-class dining experience at an affordable price. Guests at their 13 upcoming restaurants are guaranteed to be served with love.”
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 and is opening units every 10 days.
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. More than 30 menu items are made fresh daily in-house. 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.
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.
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 32 locations in 14 states, Uncle Maddio's opened 10 restaurants in 2014 and earned a 300 percent growth rate over the last three years. With more than 240 units in development, Uncle Maddio’s is projected to double in size in 2015. 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 Texas, Ohio, and New Jersey.
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