May 07, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Leading fast-casual build-your-own pizza restaurant Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open in New Jersey later this year. Franchisees Ben Perez-Ringus and Dipen Desai, partners, have signed a deal to build five Uncle Maddio’s restaurants in Morris, Somerset, Middlesex, Bergen and Essex counties. The first restaurant is expected to open in late 2015.
Perez-Ringus will serve as the operating partner of the restaurants. Perez-Ringus has 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and started his career at McDonald’s when he was only 14-years-old. After promotions at McDonald’s, he went on to work for a multi-unit franchise group and was a district manager for Arby’s and Burger King restaurants. It was during that time he met Desai. Desai is currently a multi-unit franchise for Roy Rogers and now Uncle Maddio’s.
“After trying the pizza and meeting with the Uncle Maddio’s executive team, I knew it would be a great concept to bring to New Jersey” said Perez-Ringus, Uncle Maddio’s franchisee. “I am confident the pizza will meet the expectations of the residents and will be a great family restaurant. We would open tomorrow if we could!”
Perez-Ringus and Desai are currently looking for real estate locations in the five counties. They plan to sign their first lease soon and begin build-out of the space in the next few months.
“Opening our first New Jersey restaurant is a big milestone for our company,” said Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddio’s. “The Northeast offers a big opportunity for us to expand and New Jersey is the perfect place to start.”
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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