D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches

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D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
FoundedDedham, Massachusetts (1967; 53 years ago (1967))
ProductsSubs, Salads
other food products
RevenueIncrease 200 million USD (2004 estimate from Hoover's, Inc.)
ParentPapa Gino's

D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches is a chain of sandwich shops located throughout New England. It serves various kinds of hot and cold subs, wraps, and salads.


In March 1967, 21-year-old Brian J. McLaughlin and Jay Howland opened "Ma Riva's Sub Shop" in Dedham, Massachusetts. The name was later changed to Angelo Sub Shop, and the letter D was added around 1978, supposedly standing for "delicious." D'Angelo sold salads, Syrian pocket bread and sub sandwiches. Their most popular sub was the Steak and Cheese sandwich.

D'Angelo owned Liberty Bakery which baked and delivered all the bread to each store. They also owned Progressive Foods distribution center which delivered all the food to each store every week. Later they added a USDA meat processing plant to shave the 50,000 lbs. of steak consumed each week.

Beginning in the mid 1980s, many of the D'Angelo locations were co-branded and the store footprints were reworked to include full service Steve's Ice Cream counters. After several years, the Steve's component was rebranded as "Chip's".

In 1993 PepsiCo bought D'Angelo with the intent to grow the chain into a national brand alongside its other properties such as Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken; however, this plan never came to fruition. At the time the chain had 173 locations. [1]

Pepsi eliminated D'Angelo's ice cream brand, "Chip's," shortly after purchasing the chain.[2] During the time it was owned by Pepsi, some restaurants replaced the Chip's ice cream add-on, with a full service Pizza Hut add-on. Later some locations would also integrate a Honey Dew Donuts add-on.

In August 1997, Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, the parent company of Papa Gino's, acquired D'Angelo, from Tricon Global Restaurants (then known as PepsiCo Inc.'s Pizza Hut unit).[3] At the time of the acquisition the sandwich chain had 203 locations. [4]

On November 4, 2018 numerous locations were abruptly shut down as part of their parent company's bankruptcy. [5]

D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches currently operates 82 locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. [6]


  1. ^ https://www.apnews.com/67cad1107a738213ef14bcb257091fc9
  2. ^ Howard, Theresa (1993). "Pizza Hut's newest weapon: D'Angelo; PepsiCo chain poses fresh threat after arming itself with Massachusetts-based sandwich shop". Nation's Restaurant News.
  3. ^ "Papa Gino's to acquire D'Angelo's Sandwich Shops". Boston Business Journal. American City Business Journals, Inc. 1997-08-13. Retrieved 2007-04-11.
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/14/business/pizza-hut-to-sell-its-d-angelo-s-sandwich-shop-chain.html
  5. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/05/here-full-list-papa-gino-angelo-restaurants-closing-around/3la5cQ2ezV4NFzRstWlUGI/story.html
  6. ^ https://www.dangelos.com/locations/all

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