It’s 2029 in Albany, New York—your average American city. A family of four stops by the corner sandwich shop for lunch, and the glass doors automatically slide open as they enter. A brand ambassador greets the family by name at the door, a tablet in her hand displaying the date and details of their last visit. She guides the family to an open table, fitting them each with a head-mounted display, which transforms the tabletop into an assembly line of fresh meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
Three University of Texas alums—one a former aerospace engineer and two graduates of the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris—open their first Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint franchise in Austin, Texas, on December 13. The restaurant is located at 5601 Brodie Lane Suite 1200A. To celebrate the newest Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint opening, Uncle Maddio’s will serve free 9-inch, any-three-topping, fully customizable pizzas to all customers in line from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on opening day. One patron in line will be awarded free pizza for a year.
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint announced an agreement to develop three restaurants for Ocala and Marion, Lake, and Sumter counties in Florida. In addition to the Ocala area, Uncle Maddio’s has development agreements to build three more Uncle Maddio’s in the Tallahassee area and five more units in the Jacksonville and Gainesville areas. Uncle Maddio’s has named Florida as a priority market and will build nearly 30 total units throughout the state in the next five years.
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint has awarded its first multiunit franchise agreement deal in the Northeast. Pittsburgh will get an Uncle Maddio’s early next year and will be the first of five Uncle Maddio’s restaurants to open in the city in the next five years. This marks the first Pennsylvania location for the restaurant franchise.
Pittsburgh residents Gino and Molli Torriero, along with partners Jake McNary and Jason Betters, have signed the franchise agreement deal. The team is still determining the location for its first restaurant and hopes to open by in early 2015.
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint doesn’t just “serve with love” inside its restaurants at its motto says, but also in its communities. In celebration of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Uncle Maddio’s Atlanta–area restaurants donated 15 percent of sales from September 7, 2014 and $1 from each pink wristband sold to local breast cancer programs in Georgia. The total amount of money donated was more than $4,000.00.
Over the past century, Americans have developed a special craving for certain foods, both at home and in restaurants—items like burgers and fries, sandwiches and fried chicken.
And then there’s pizza. One of the nation’s most beloved meals, pizza is the sum of varied parts: crust, sauce, cheese, meat or other proteins, vegetables, and the baking style. All are important, but the toppings are the real ingredient that gives customers and operators alike room to play around with new flavors.
Georgia native and Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint franchisee Tyler Mobley has signed an agreement to open three Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint locations in Georgia, expanding the concept’s Georgia footprint to 16 total restaurants. Mobley plans to open two restaurants in Macon, two in Valdosta and one in Warner Robbins, Georgia. The first restaurant is set to open in Macon in the summer of 2015.
While the calendar says August is National Panini Month, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint prefers to feature hot, toasted, sandwiches with melted cheeses, meats, and veggies when the weather starts to cool down. Just in time for fall, fast-casual pizza franchise is celebrating the never-forgotten pizza sidekick with a new limited-time expanded panini menu.
Uncle Maddio's is getting ready to open its first Virginia location on Saturday, August 30, in Dulles within the Washington, D.C., area. The restaurant is located at the Dulles 28 Centre in Loudoun County, Virginia, and will throw a grand opening celebration with a free 9-inch, 3-topping pizza for everyone who shows up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Franchisee Chris Wadsworth is a Loudoun resident who lives in nearby Ashburn with his wife and three boys. He is former TV anchor and reporter, so getting into the pizza biz is a major career change.
Economic booms are nothing new to regional American economies. From the Gold Rush in California to the post–Industrial Age coal fields of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, history shows that workers and businesses have long rushed to parts of the country where valuable resources were discovered.
Now it’s North Dakota’s turn. The identification of a major oil field in the western part of the state led to a boom that’s created thousands of new jobs in the past five years. And businesses, including quick-service restaurant operators, are cashing in.