Uncle Maddio's Attracts Restaurant Veteran and Health Professional to Grow in Florida

Uncle Maddio's Pizza continues to expand its footprint throughout Florida with the openings of a second Tallahassee location and the first unit in Ocala. Uncle Maddio's already has opened units in Panama City, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and planned units in Sarasota and Orlando.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza franchisees Michael and Alicia Holmes opened the second Tallahassee restaurant at 1435 E. Lafayette Street, Suite 101 in Tally Village across from Governor's Square Mall. Kim Ragle, the franchisee for Ocala, opened at 2606 SW 19th Avenue Road and plans to open two more units in the area over the next two years.

The popular create-your-own fast-casual pizza franchise, Uncle Maddio's, is a next generation pizza restaurant that lets guests build their own pizza exactly how they want it. The pizza is cooked in fast baked ovens and served to their tables in about six minutes. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a delicious gluten-free option, and 48 toppings, including six 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 Spicy Italian to Portobello Pesto. Create-your-own salads and toasted Foldwich sandwiches round out the Italian-inspired menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and wine.

"I'm committed to making Uncle Maddio's the top pizza restaurant in Tallahassee and Orlando," said Michael Holmes, Uncle Maddio's franchisee. "My goal is to introduce more people to the concept and make it convenient to get delicious, homemade pizza with fresh ingredients no matter where you are in Tallahassee and Orlando."

Holmes is an experienced Uncle Maddio's franchisee. He opened the first Tallahassee location at 3122 Mahan Dr. over two years ago. He is also developing the Orlando market and will open his first of three Orlando locations in the spring of 2016, making him one of the fastest growing Uncle Maddio's franchisees in Florida. The Orlando restaurant will open in the Waterford Lakes Town Center.

Ragle is a new member of the fast-casual pizza business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nursing and is a practicing registered nurse and a mother to two children. She and her husband Ritch are now taking their interest and enthusiasm for business and adding restaurant franchisees to their resumes. While still keeping their current jobs, they will also be able to follow their dream of becoming entrepreneurs and remain active in the Ocala community.

"This is going to be a big year for the brand as we open restaurants across Florida in 2016," said Matt Andrew, Uncle Maddio's CEO. "Michael is building a fantastic franchise business in the state and he will be a key partner as we expand our Florida footprint. We are also delighted to have Kim join the Uncle Maddio's team."