Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Celebrates New Jersey Grand Opening
with Free Pizza
First Northeast Uncle Maddio’s Pizza to Open in East Hanover, New Jersey on Friday, March 10, 2017
EAST HANOVER, NJ - Leading fast-casual create-your-own pizza restaurant Uncle Maddio’s Pizza opens its first Northeast restaurant in New Jersey on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 346 NJ East 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936. Franchisee partners Ben Perez-Ringus and Dipen Desai are opening the restaurant with plans to bring two more Uncle Maddio’s Pizza restaurants to New Jersey by 2018. Though an Atlanta-based brand, Uncle Maddio’s is New York-style pizza that uses an original thin-crust recipe acquired from a mom-and-pop pizza maker in Brooklyn back in 2008 when Uncle Maddio’s Pizza was founded.
To mark the occasion, Uncle Maddio’s will serve free 9-inch, create-your-own, three-topping pizza to guests in line from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Guests will have the chance to win a year of free pizza (52 weeks) by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket, with all money going to SOS No Kid Hungry, a campaign of non-profit organization Share Our Strength. All pizzas made during training period (approximately 1,000 pies) will be donated to local charities.
Celebration activities include:
- Be one of the first 1,500 people to sign up to attend the grand opening and receive a free 9-inch, three-topping pizza from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday. Register here
- Free 9-inch, three-topping pizza giveaway from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 11
- Enter the $5 raffle (benefitting SOS No Kid Hungry) for the chance to win a year of free pizza
- Sign up for the loyalty program
Uncle Maddio’s is a next generation pizza restaurant that lets guests create their own pizza exactly how they want it, cooked in fast baked ovens and served to their tables in under eight minutes. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a delicious gluten-free option, and 48 toppings, including seven sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. Everything is fresh, from the pizza dough and sauce that’s made in-store each day to the wide variety of veggies. For guests looking to expand their pizza horizons, Uncle Maddio’s also offers signature pizzas ranging from the meaty Big Max to the Steak & Blue. Create-your-own salads and toasted Foldwich ™ sandwiches round out the Italian-inspired menu.
Ben Perez-Ringus will serve as the operating partner of the restaurants. Ben 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 Dipen Desai.
“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 Ben Perez-Ringus, Uncle Maddio’s franchise partner. “Because it is New York-style pizza by way of Atlanta, I am confident the pizza will meet the expectations of everyone who comes through our doors.”
Ben’s partner Dipen is an established multi-unit franchisees of three Roy Rogers stores and recently opened the first Huddle House franchise, an Atlanta-based brand like Uncle Maddio’s, in New Jersey. The franchise partners have joined the Morristown Chamber of Commerce. Ben and Dipen already have several plans in the works to support local community activities.
“Opening our first New Jersey restaurant is a big milestone for our company,” said Matt Andrew, CEO of Uncle Maddio’s. “We are so pleased to bring our signature New York-style thin-crust back to the Northeast, an area that offers us a big opportunity to expand. We hope this restaurant in East Hanover, New Jersey is the first of many more Uncle Maddio’s in New Jersey and beyond.”
Since launching in 2008, Uncle Maddio's has signed franchise agreements with 67 different entities in 13 states. Many of Uncle Maddio's franchisees have previous multi-unit experience with Jimmy John's, Firehouse Subs, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Burger King, Krystal, Papa John's, Domino's and Golden Corral. Uncle Maddio's is on track to have 150 restaurants open in five years.