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  • Uccello's Story

    The first Uccello's Ristorante, Pizzeria and Sports Lounge was opened in Grand Rapids near the corner of the East Beltline and 28th St. in 1996, although the concept actually began back in 1978. When Faro Uccello opened this location, he began with homemade recipes straight from Sicily and a commitment to excellence. Faro was dedicated to providing the very best in food quality and portions, guest service, and "sports fan" atmosphere. Uccello's has been rewarded for following through with their commitment to excellence by being voted both Best Sports Lounge & Best Pizza by the Grand Rapids magazine readers on multiple occasions.

    As Uccello's reputation grew around town and business increased, the Uccello's family decided it was time to grow. In 2005, two more Uccello's Ristorantes were opened, in Standale and Caledonia. In November of 2011, the Grandville location was opened to much anticipation. All of the Uccello's locations have been embraced by their surrounding communities.

    Uccello's Ristorante has continually evolved its business plan to meet the growing needs of the restaurant industry, from redesign & expansion of the seasonal patios to continual TV upgrades throughout the locations. Banquet facilities and catering services have also been added to bring the Uccello's experience to any and all occasions. The Uccello's team, thrilled by the continued growth and opportunities, started considering the addition to the Uccello's family through franchising.

    In June of 2009, the Uccello's team was registered in the state of Michigan to begin franchising the Uccello's concept. Faro and all of the Uccello's family are excited to take the next step in bringing the Uccello's experience to new communities.

  • The Concept

    Uccello's Ristorante, Pizzeria and Sports Lounge is well known to enthusiasts of all types. First, there are those who enjoy the taste of pasta imported directly from Italy and served with homemade sauces whose recipes date back for generations. Second, there are the sports fans, who revel in cheering for their teams on the HD big screens while eating some of the city's finest pizza and appetizers. Grand Rapids Magazine readers have often recognized Uccello's for having the Best Happy Hour and Best Sports Bar, and one of the top three Best Pizzas in town. All of its pizzas are handmade, from the thick crusts to toppings both traditional and unique, like Uccello's Signature Pizza. Uccello's also offers American cuisine, and its baby back ribs, steaks, seafood, burgers and sandwiches are not to be overlooked. All menu items are made from scratch by a talented culinary crew with eyes - and taste buds - for detail. Hands-on activities like NTN Trivia, Texas Hold 'Em, Keno and free wireless internet keep diners busy in the sports lounge, while at the same time, quiet family dinners are being enjoyed in another section of the restaurant. Uccello's patios are a famous gathering spot for after-work and weekend socializing, and their banquet rooms are perfect for rehearsal dinners, parties, and business meetings. "We always strive to give our guests more than they would normally expect," noted owner Faro Uccello," and to provide people with the opportunity to enjoy great food and the service to match. Top quality should never be compromised in any area.

    Throughout our years in the restaurant industry the Uccello family has listened, learned and crafted a restaurant that offers a superior experience to guests of all kinds. The many elements of this first class franchise are found in our business system.

    The following is an overview of this powerful system to provide you with a tantalizing taste of what this franchise holds in store for you and your guests!


    Accommodating by Design

    To accommodate many concepts under one roof, the franchise unit will range between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet in size. Whether patrons are in the mood for sports viewing, fine dining or a quick bite to eat, your Uccello's franchise will hold them easily and comfortably.


    Sports Lounge

    Your sports lounge is a fan's paradise! This roomy space is ideal for meeting friends and enjoying great food that's also a great value. Plus, every seat is a good one for viewing televised sports on large screen High-Definition TV's. With so many strategically located televisions, it's easy to view any number of games simultaneously.


    Game Area

    Your game area will provide patrons with the opportunity to mingle and socialize while playing billiards and a variety of popular video games.



    Bar

    Boasting a large, football-shaped bar, your bar area will provide ample seating in comfortable, upholstered barstools. Banks of flat screen televisions show various channels as well as wildly popular NTN Trivia, QB1, and NTN Texas Hold 'Em. All of these areas will be outfitted with state-of-the-art air filtration units to keep the atmosphere pleasant for all guests.


    Family Dining

    A separate dining room area will accommodate families and other diners. Even though your Uccello's franchise is primarily a sports lounge, your delicious, wide variety of high quality food makes it worth a visit whether or not you're a sports fan!



    Banquet Space

    Corporate parties, family get-together, sports awards nights and more will find a perfect gathering place in your banquet rooms. You'll offer a separate banquet menu featuring a wide selection of menu favorites.


    Takeout & Catering

    Those who love your top quality, reasonably priced fare will be able to enjoy it no matter where they are, with the convenience of your takeout and catering services. You'll provide a separate side entrance to handle takeout orders and your special catering menu offers many tempting choices for off-premises dining..

  • Requirements

    Owning a Uccello's franchise places you in an enviable position in the exciting restaurant industry. You'll serve a wide guest demographic with a popular array of top quality food and the strong appeal of the sports lounge venue.

    To be considered to join our franchise family, you must be a natural problem solver with business management experience and a "can do" attitude. You should have well-developed people skills and strong sales and guest service abilities. Additionally, you must be able to recruit, train and manage food service personnel. Former small business experience will be considered a plus, but is not required.

  • Uccello's Support

    FINANCING
    Franchisees of Uccello's Franchise, LLC are eligible for expedited and streamlined SBA loans through the SBA's Franchise Registry Program, www.franchiseregistry.com

    Becoming a Uccello's franchisee entitles you to full use of our business system and superb menu, plus access to our pizzeria and restaurant experience with a full range of support.

    TRAINING
    You'll be trained in all aspects of the Uccello's franchise including restaurant, bar and sports lounge operation, the takeout restaurant business, and how to develop a banquet and catering business. More instruction will cover such areas as administration, operations, sales/marketing, and food preparation techniques. On-the-job training will give you firsthand experience in the day-to-day operation of a Uccello's. As you prepare to open your doors, we'll send a representative to help you get off to a great start. Plus, you'll be periodically visited by an experienced Uccello's Field Consultant who can provide any assistance you may need.

    OPERATIONS MANUAL
    We'll provide you with an in-depth operations manual which will serve as a guidebook for your franchise. It will contain your daily operating procedures, advertising and marketing, guest service techniques and much more. This invaluable tool will help you as you start out and in the years ahead.

    SITE SELECTION
    You'll be given guidelines for choosing an appropriate location for your Uccello's franchise. Considerations will include spots on a high traffic street or highway with accessible parking.

    MARKETING SUPPORT
    Our marketing support will include the creation of marketing plans and advertising materials for your use. We'll also share promotional ideas including daily specials and other draws. Plus, the detailed Uccello's website will serve as an additional marketing tool.

    ONGOING SERVICE & SUPPORT
    We'll be available by phone or email to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance to you. And, you'll be periodically visited by a trained Uccello's field representative.

  • FAQ's & Contact

    Q. What type of franchise is available?
    A. The franchise offered is for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and bar offering an extensive menu of Italian favorites that includes appetizers, soups, salads, pasta dishes, pizza entrees, desserts and other related menu items with a full service bar and a game and sports area and also provides banquets and catering.

    Q. How much does the franchise cost?
    A. The estimated total investment minimum necessary to begin operations of a UCCELLO'S franchise is $858,000 to $1,419,333.

    Q. How much is the fee for continuing support services?
    A. The continuing services or "royalty fee", is 3% of your gross sales and is paid weekly. This fee entitles you to use the "Uccello's®" service mark, use of distinctive system, marketing assistance, ongoing business development and counseling, and other benefits that come with being a UCCELLO'S franchise.

    Q. Will I have an exclusive territory?
    A. You will not receive an exclusive territory. We will grant you a territory (called an "area of primary responsibility" or "area"), defined by zip codes or other physical, political or natural boundaries.

    Q. What about advertising?
    A. UCCELLO'S's name and reputation is an important part of our business. You will spend a minimum of $10,000 on grand-opening advertising during the first three months of operations. You will also spend up to .5% of your gross sales per month on local advertising. In addition, you will be expected to make Marketing Fund contributions of up to 1% of your weekly gross sales.

    Q. What kind of training can I expect as a franchisee?
    A. The initial training covers all material aspects of the operation of a UCCELLO'S franchise. You'll receive comprehensive training both in the classroom and real life, on the job training as well.

    Q. What is the term of the Franchise Agreement?
    A. The initial term of the Franchise Agreement is ten years from the date the Franchise Agreement is signed. The franchise is renewable for three successive terms of five years each, providing you have complied with the provisions of the Franchise Agreement.

    Q. Why franchise?
    A. Franchising gives you the financial control of owning your own business combined with support of a recognized brand. Franchising is a booming business concept that allows entrepreneurs to be in business for themselves, but not by themselves, providing a potential business owner with a chance to align with a recognized brand and proven method of doing business. Franchises account for more than $1-trillion in annual sales, according to industry source, FranData.

    Q. I'm interested in pursuing this further. What is my next step?
    A. Answer the brief questionairre below.

    Contact

    Chris Heileman
    Director of Operations
    Uccello's Franchise, LLC
    3940 Rivertown Pkwy
    Grandville, MI 49418
    616.730.2077
    Or contact us via email at franchise@uccellos.com

    We look forward to speaking with you!

Ready to get Started? Fill out the online franchise inquiry form and we'll get in touch with you to discuss the next steps!

THIS FRANCHISE IS NOT BEING OFFERED TO RESIDENTS OF THE FOLLOWING STATES: California, Hawaii, Maryland & Rhode Island.

THIS OFFER IS NOT DIRECTED TO ANY PERSON IN THE STATES LISTED ABOVE BY OR ON BEHALF OF THE FRANCHISOR OR ANYONE ACTING WITH THE FRANCHISOR’S KNOWLEDGE. NO FRANCHISES CAN BE SOLD IN THE STATES LISTED ABOVE UNTIL THE OFFERING HAS BEEN REGISTERED AND DECLARED EFFECTIVE BY THE APPROPRIATE REGULATORY AUTHORITY AND THE UNIFORM FRANCHISE OFFERING CIRCULAR HAS BEEN DELIVERED TO THE OFFEREE BEFORE THE SALE WITHIN THE APPLICABLE TIME FRAME. THIS FRANCHISE IS OFFERED ONLY BY DELIVERY OF A FRANCHISE OFFERING CIRCULAR.

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