History of Uno’s Chicago Grill
In 1943, an ambitious former University of Texas football star, Ike Sewell along with his friend Rick Ricardo, opened the first Uno’s Restaurant in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on the corner of Ohio Street and Wabash Avenue. The restaurant at this time was named Pizzeria Uno. Sewell’s first intentions were to open a Mexican restaurant because he said that “there wasn’t a really decent Mexican restaurant in Chicago then”.
During this time most Americans thought of pizza as a snack versus a meal. Sewell though that by combining some of the authentic Italian pizza recipes with prime choice meats, fresh cheeses, vine ripened vegetable and the best spices for flavoring, pizza would catch on as a meal choice. It was later discovered that Uno’s signature pizza recipe was created by chef Rudy Malnati, who was the father of Lou Malnati. However, it did not take long for the signature deep dish pizza to get very high reviews and make Pizzeria Uno a top choice for family dining.
Due to the success of their restaurant, Sewell and Ricardo opened two additional restaurants 1955. The first was Pizzeria Due which opened just one block north of the original Pizzeria Uno restaurant. The launch of Su Casa which was an upscale Mexican restaurant was soon opened afterward. Su Casa was built adjacent to Pizzeria Due.
In 1979, Sewell and Ricardo realized that the demand was greater than they could accomplish on their own and set out to offer franchising opportunities. The first four restaurants that were part of Uno’s franchising were opened in Massachusetts and over the next ten years the restaurant expanded faster than originally believed possible.
In 1990, Ike Sewell who was the only original owner alive, passed away. His widow, Florence, who was unable to take over operations of the company herself, sold the company to a Boston-based corporation. The corporation agreed not to make changes or tamper with pizza at the original locations. And that still holds true today.
It was in the mid-1990s that all Pizzeria Uno was named Pizzeria Uno, Chicago Bar and Grill and later just simplified to Uno’s Chicago Bar and Grill. At this time the company broadened its concepts and widened its menu to meet their customers growing expectations. Uno’s restaurants underwent kitchen upgrades, which included installing sauté stations, grilling and frying areas, and a great deal of training for the front and back house staff members.
Currently there are over 175 Uno’s Chicago Bar and Grill restaurants located in 28 states around the United States, Puerto Rico, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The new Uno Chicago Bar and Grill restaurant locations are larger than the original locations and feature a Chicago warehouse design that is meant to create an inviting dining environment for the customers. The newly designed restaurants are prove to continually generate above average sales volumes.
A new menu was introduced in the restaurant chain in the fall of 2005, that offers customer hip and intense new tastes that were created around Uno’s history of artisan food tastes. For customers who fell in love with the old menu recipes, these items are also available and continue to be featured on the menu. And the signature deep dish pizza recipe will always be available to all of Uno’s Chicago Bar and Grill customers as long as the restaurant is around.
Save at Uno’s with Discounts, Coupon Codes, and Promotional Specials
While Uno’s Chicago Bar and Grill restaurants are know for their great meal choices at affordable prices, there are still ways to save even more money. By visiting www.unos.com you can register for the Uno’s Insiders Club. It is free to sign up and gives you many extra benefits. For example:
- You will receive a Welcome gift coupon just for signing up.
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- You will receive advanced information on updated menu items and promotional offers before anyone else.
- You will receive advanced notices of special events and insider news information