THE HISTORY OF UNO PIZZA
In 1943, when Ike Sewell opened the first Uno® at the corner of Ohio Street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Americans ate pizza primarily as a snack. Ike figured that if you combined some of Italy's old, authentic recipes with impressive quantities of the finest meats, fresh cheeses, ripe vegetables and flavorful spices, pizza would become a hearty meal. It was the start of an American tradition – the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.
UNO CHICAGO GRILL
In 2005 Uno unveiled an exciting prototype store under the Uno Chicago Grill name that captures the essence of Chicago’s heritage while giving a nod to modern conveniences needed to make a restaurant successful. This bold new design has a Chicago warehouse feel and includes spacious entryways, open kitchens and expanded high-tech bar areas with a classic, comfortable vibe. Intimate interior lighting lets guests focus on who they are dining with, while vintage photos hearken back to Uno’s® Chicago heritage.
FRANCHISE FEES & REQUIRED CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS
- Net worth of $1 million per restaurant
- Liquidity of $750,000+
- Initial Fee – $40,000 per location
- Area Development Fee – $10,000 per location
- Royalty – 5% of Gross Sales
REAL ESTATE CONSIDERATIONS
- 1.8 acres or highly visible End Cap
- Parking for 110 cars
- Building size – 5,400 - 7,000 square feet
- Population of 35,000 within three miles of location and 75,000 people within five miles
- Median household income recommended $50,000+
- Restaurant should have seating for 180 and bar for 35
There are more than 140 Uno Chicago Grill restaurants located in 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
CONTACT FOR INTERESTED FRANCHISEES
Fred Houston, Vice President Franchising
Pizzeria Uno Corporation
100 Charles Park Road Boston, MA 02132
phone (617) 218-5271
fax (617) 218-5376