Pizza fans in Lexington, Kentucky, will soon get a new restaurant in town when popular fast-casual pizza brand Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint opens later this year. Uncle Maddio’s has signed a franchise agreement to open three Lexington, Kentucky, area restaurants with franchisees and brothers Todd, Matt, and Robb Sackett and Billy White. The new franchisees have sped up the opening process so Lexington pizza lovers can enjoy the restaurant by the holiday season this year. The restaurant will be located in the Chevy Chase neighborhood.
No stranger to the restaurant industry, the Lexington franchise group already own 11 Jimmy Johns in Lexington area where they opened store number 75, 16 years ago and recently opened store number 3,019.
“Uncle Maddio’s fits our requirements for getting in on the ground floor of an emerging brand and fast growing segment,” says partner Billy White. “We did our due diligence on many of the fast-casual pizza brands but once we ate the food and met the Uncle Maddio’s family, all bets were off. We love how they cook everything in house and how the vegetables are fresh and cut and diced in the restaurant. The restaurant will be a place to hang out with friends and family, enjoy great food, locally crafted beer, and have a good time. It will even be a perfect spot to tailgate before a game.”
The other two Uncle Maddio’s locations will be located in greater Lexington and are in the planning stages.
“As we expand across the country, we are looking for experienced and successful restaurant operators like the team from Lexington,” says Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddio’s. “We know that they will knock it out of the park and make Lexington pizza lovers Uncle Maddio’s their favorite pizza place.”
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.
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.