Wisconsin Born and Bread
As a little boy, Mike Liautaud (a.k.a. “Big Mike”) didn’t dream of becoming an astronaut or a firefighter or even a professional athlete. As far back as he can remember, he wanted to be in the restaurant business, and that’s exactly where he’s spent his entire working life.
In March of 1989, Big Mike opened a single sandwich shop called “Big Mike’s Super Subs” in the heart of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus on West Johnson Street.
Pretty quickly, curious sandwich seekers turned into ravenous fans because of Milio’s signature bread, which is baked fresh every four hours, at every store, every day.
Before we knew it, our one small sandwich shop led to dozens of locations throughout the Midwest. How do we do it you ask? Well, Big Mike took a firm stand on providing the level of quality food and service that would differentiate his sandwich shop from all the rest.
In February of 2004, Big Mike’s Super Subs decided to franchise and that was the birth of Milio’s Sandwiches (somewhat of a combination of “Mike” and “Liautaud”). That’s about it. History was never our favorite class anyway. We’d much rather just go to lunch. Why not join us? We’ll make you a sandwich just the way you like it. Just like we’ve been doing for our customers for 30 years.
And so, there’s the story of how Mike began making the best-tasting sandwiches in the Midwest.
IT’S THE BREAD
Our Secret Sauce Isn’t Sauce At All…
Milio’s signature bread is the same recipe as it was in 1989 at our first location in the heart of the UW-Madison campus. Since then, we’ve baked our bread in our ovens, every 4 hours, at every store, every day!
HOW WE DO GREEN
Not Just On Our Sandwiches
Milio’s Sandwiches puts the community at the heart of our business. In fact, it’s one of our core values. It’s our roots. We believe that by supporting our local community, we’re creating a more sustainable community. Every store supports non-profits through in-kind food donations, fundraiser nights and providing prizes for fundraising events. Learn more about Milio’s and the community.
Milio’s is proud to partner with local companies in our backyard and we prioritize building local vendor relationships whenever possible. Why? Not only does it allow our money to keep circulating in our local communities, but it also helps cut down on transportation time, which in turn cuts down on pollution. It’s a win for us, for our local economies AND the planet! *High Five*
The iceberg lettuce or spinach on your sandwich isn’t the only thing that is GREEN at Milio’s Sandwiches! In August 2016, Milio’s invested in green technology and introduced electric vehicles (Toyota Prius) into our sandwich delivery fleet. It’s just one way that Milio’s Sandwiches can make our planet a happier and healthier place for generations to come, one sandwich at a time.
You already know that Milio’s Sandwiches cares a lot about sustainability and we continue to do things each and every day to get even better! Our stores recycle packaging for items that are shipped to us, which includes cardboard, paper, and plastic. We also take care in purchasing sustainable packaging including our napkins, bags, wraps, cups, and bowls.
About Milio’s Sandwiches
Can I check my gift card balance online?
Yes, you can check your gift card balance anytime! Simply enter your gift card number found on the back of your gift card here or you can call 1-800-803-1222. Low balance? Add more funds to your gift card at your favorite Milio’s location!
When was Milio’s Sandwiches founded?
Milio’s Sandwiches was born back in March of 1989 in the heart of the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus (we were Big Mike’s Super Subs back then). Our first restaurant was located on West Johnson Street.
Where is Milio’s Sandwiches headquartered?
Milio’s Sandwiches was born and ‘BREAD’ in Madison, Wisconsin and our headquarters is located at 901 Deming Way, Suite 202, Madison, WI 53717.
Is ‘Big Mike’ real? Who is he?
‘Big Mike’ is a real human and is actually ‘Big’ Mike Liautaud, Milio’s Sandwiches founder, owner, and President.
Is Milio’s a public or private company?
Milio’s Sandwiches is not a public traded company. Milio’s Sandwiches business is a mixture of corporately owned stores and franchise locations that are locally owned and operated.
Where do I find information about donations, sponsorship and in-restaurant fundraisers?
We are very active in supporting our local communities, it’s in our roots and has been one of our core values since we started in 1989. To learn more about how we support our community and give back, visit our community page, where you can request a donation or submit a fundraiser request for your non-profit organization.
I've been a fan for so long, I still call it Big Mike's Super Subs. Is that cool?
We’re proud of our roots as Big Mike’s Super Subs and we’re thrilled you’ve been a fan of our sandwiches for so long so we’re cool with that.
When did Big Mike’s Super Subs become Milio’s Sandwiches? Why did you change the name?
Good question! We became Milio’s Sandwiches back in 2004 when we started to franchise locations. Turns out that “Big Mike’s Super Subs” was too general for our trademark lawyers.
Fun Fact: Milio’s is somewhat of a combination of “Mike” and “Liautaud”, named after the owner and founder.
I’m a vegetarian, what can I eat?
Our #6 Veggie Delite is a vegetarian sandwich, but you can customize any sandwich to be vegetarian by holding the meat!
I’m gluten-free, have anything on the menu for me?
Try any sandwich on one of our delicious, crisp iceberg lettuce wraps!
I’m interested in opening a franchise, how do I get started?
That’s awesome! We’d love to have you become part of our Milio’s franchise family! Learn more about our franchise stores and how you can apply on our Own a Milio’s page.
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