Don - I wonder if someone brought the rights to franchise Mario The Baker? For years, they never were any place else but NMB. Then that neighborhood changed, for the worse. One of their cousins (I believe that's who he was) made a terrific business move and opened his own Mario's, but he called it John The Baker in Pembroke Pines right near where we lived. He absolutely killed! Same fantastic garlic rolls (have you ever had any better?)and great individual pizzas..thin crust, fresh clumps of sausage, etc. What a business he developed in the 5th fastest growing city in the entire country at that time...The early 2000's.
He was so smart. He sponsored local teams and hired high school kids to work in his restaurant. But, they had to maintain their grades. He would actually check their report cards each marking period. A wonderful young man and an asset to the community. I loved living in Pembroke Pines. The place was filled with families every single night.
I'd have thought he'd (his name is John) be the one who would have run with the franchise idea. That's what makes me think someone with deep pockets took over Mario The Baker and saw an opportunity to franchinse it and get into some better areas of town, too.
They are franchising or at least openiong other branches of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, too. Boy, if I had to choose were to eat my pizza amongst these two places, it would be very, very tough. So different and yet both so good in their own ways.
Ok Don..Here's the big question I continue to ask...Have you tried _____________yet?