D'Angelo Sandwich Shops
|Founded||Dedham, Massachusetts (1967)|
other food products
|Revenue||200 million USD (2004 estimate from Hoover's, Inc.)|
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 owned Progressive Foods distribution center which delivered all the food to each store every week and they owned a USDA meat processing plant to shave the 50,000 lbs. of steak consumed each week.
D'Angelo had the highest weekly volume of any sub chain store in 1993.
PepsiCo bought up D'Angelo in 1993 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. Pepsi eliminated D'Angelo's ice cream brand, "Chips," after purchasing the chain. During the time it was owned by Pepsi, some restaurants replaced the Chips ice cream add-on, with a full service Pizza Hut add-on.
Although making no claims to originality in the concept, D'Angelo's established itself as a purveyor of steak and cheese sandwiches endemic to the Northeastern United States. The "Number 9" (so named for its initial place on the menu) consists of finely chopped steak, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and melted American cheese. This is also available as a "Steak Bomb," a spicier variant with genoa salami, ham capicola and melted provolone cheese.
In August 1997, Papa Gino's Holdings Corporation, the parent company of Papa Gino's, acquired D'Angelo, from prior owner Yum! Brands (then known as Pepsico Inc.'s Pizza Hut unit). D'Angelo's menu currently features more than 44 sandwiches, a variety of soups and fresh-made salads.
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- "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.