For the first time in over 15 years, the neighborhood pizza franchise signed five new franchise locations within the year as it carved out a niche in the lodging industry.
(RestaurantNews.com) Pizzeria Uno, the iconic pizzeria franchise and inventor of Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, has recorded a significant amount of franchise signings and openings in 2022. Following over a decade with no domestic franchise additions, Pizzeria Uno has exploded with 5 new franchise location openings in 2022 with many more in the pipeline going into 2023. This expansion and growth has been ignited by the legendary pizzeria leveraging its heritage and franchise infrastructure to help hotel owners and operators achieve more profits with their full-service restaurants.
“2022 has been a record year for growth for Pizzeria Uno, and we attribute much of our success to our franchise model and new focus on hotel restaurant conversions,” said Erik Frederick, Pizzeria Uno CEO. “We have operated a successful franchise model for over 40 years. We continue to bring in franchisees who have a passion for the brand and the pizza to fuel our restaurant growth. Notably, some of the franchisees that have opened have already signed on for more locations after seeing great success from partnering with the brand. The hotel restaurant conversion model will be a major source of growth for the brand moving forward”.
Launching a new hotel-restaurant conversion strategy gave hotel owners a chance to open a full-service Pizzeria Uno restaurant inside the footprint of their hotel, tapping into the brand’s nationally-recognized menu and universally in-demand pizza and other food to serve both guests and local members of the community.
“To bring the iconic Pizzeria Uno brand to our hotel has been an amazing opportunity,” said Victor Ravago, who is part of Bravo Hospitality Group, the franchisee behind the opening of the new Chicago O’Hare area hotel restaurant. “We have seen revenue increases from day one. We are not only seeing increased hotel guest traffic, but also customers from the local community frequent the restaurant, which hadn’t happened previously.” Increased business isn’t the only benefit franchisees can expect when partnering with the 40-year veteran franchise company. Pizzeria Uno also provides its owners with in-depth support in all aspects of the business, from planning to build-out, operations to supply chain, and marketing and finance.
As part of a strategy to pique the interest of more potential developers, Pizzeria Uno participated in several trade shows and conventions during 2022. The company took part in events hosted by the Franchise Show, The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and attended BITAC (a leading hospitality match event in the industry) during the year to broaden its reach. These events, along with others, have filled the pipeline with interested prospective franchise partners as the company moves into the new year.
Looking ahead to 2023, Pizzeria Uno is targeting 10 to 15 new units, with more expected in the years ahead. With demand for pizza booming and travel picking up around the country, the time has never been better for hotel operators to optimize their food and beverage program with a Pizzeria Uno restaurant conversion.
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About UNO Pizzeria & Grill
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 80 company-owned and franchised UNO Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 18 states and the District of Columbia, India, and Saudi Arabia. UNO is all about connecting people over pizza – from its famous Chicago Deep Dish, which UNO invented in 1943, to its Chicago Thin Crust, to its gluten-free and vegan pizzas. The Company also operates Uno Foods, a consumer packaged-foods business that supplies supermarkets, airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, and schools, with both frozen UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com.
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