Tuesday, September 10, 2019

[UNCLE!] Another Former Uncle Maddio's Franchisee Rebrands, Launches "Daddio's Pizza"

Just a few short weeks after the operators of five Georgia and Alabama area Uncle Maddio's rebranded their restaurants to Pazzi's Italian Grille, former franchisees in Florida made a similar move.   
Mike and Ada Mateo, who opened the Lutz, Florida Uncle Maddio's in late October 2016, earlier this month launched "Daddio's Pizza" in place of the bankrupt Atlanta-based franchise.  Lutz, located about fifteen miles north of Tampa, was one of four Uncle Maddio's still open in the Sunshine State. 

A recently launched Daddio's Pizza website reflects a menu very similar to Uncle Maddio's, with options like create your own pizza in three sizes, calzones, salads, wings and assorted desserts.   

Following what is now a six unit departure from the Uncle Maddio's network, the chain has only 22 restaurants still open under its brand and that number is expected to continue to decrease.  The chain, started in 2009, has now seen more than 40 closures or rebrands.  Of the remaining restaurants, just five are in Georgia: Tucker, Smyrna, Acworth, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and Warner Robins. 

UPDATE: Daddio's closed permanently as of December 31, 2019.  In a message announcing the closure, ownership indicated that a "dramatic drop in sales" occurred  after the name change resulting in the need to close.  

Have you tried Pazzi's or Daddio's?  Why do you think Uncle Maddio's has struggled as much as it has?  What is your favorite quick-serve pizza restaurant?

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