Donatos Eyes Oklahoma for Westward Growth

Donatos is increasing into Oklahoma with a franchise accomplice group led by three heavy hitters within the restaurant business.

The group contains Pattye Moore, the previous board chairman and interim CEO at Crimson Robin Connoisseur Burgers and former president of Sonic Drive-In, and working companions Matt and Will McLain, the sons of former Sonic President Scott McLain.

The group has plans to open dozens of Donatos places within the Tulsa and Oklahoma Metropolis metro areas, the primary of which is ready to open this summer time in Edmond close to the intersection of S. Bryant and E. fifteenth Road.

“I first acquired acquainted with Donatos whereas I used to be at Crimson Robin and we had been creating the partnership,” Moore stated. “I used to be so impressed with Donatos that I knew I needed to convey this high-quality pizza to Oklahoma. I’m delighted to accomplice with Matt and Will McLain, two good younger entrepreneurs who I’ve recognized for a very long time.”

The growth plans in Oklahoma Metropolis and Tulsa come at a time when Donatos is constant to develop its nationwide footprint. At the moment, Donatos, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is served in 444 places throughout greater than half of the U.S., together with 173 conventional Donatos eating places, and its merchandise are additionally served in 9 sports activities and leisure venues and one REEF Kitchen.

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Donatos additionally continues to broaden by means of its strategic partnership that noticed Crimson Robin add Donatos pizza to its menu. At the moment, that partnership contains 261 Crimson Robin places, with plans to scale to further markets throughout the U.S. in 2023 and past.

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Donatos’ chairwoman, Jane Grote Abell, was profiled within the cowl story of PMQ’s March 2023 subject. The chain was based by Abell’s father, Jim Grote, in 1963, on the rules of agape capitalism—incomes success in enterprise by “main with love” and giving a couple of receives.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with robust restaurant business leaders to broaden the Donatos model throughout the good state of Oklahoma. Everybody inside the Donatos household is trying ahead to sharing our premium pizza with members of the group,” stated Jeff Baldwin, vice chairman of improvement and franchising for Donatos.

Together with a $30,000 franchise charge, the preliminary funding to personal and function a Donatos restaurant ranges from $391,500 to $750,747. The typical retailer is 2,000 sq. ft and employs about 30 primarily part-time associates. The typical unit quantity nationwide exceeds $1.29 million.

“Our model is happy about this chance to make an impression throughout Oklahoma, beginning with one location after which persevering with to develop,” stated Donatos President Kevin King. “We will’t wait to place our promise to ‘serve the very best pizza and make your day higher’ into motion.”

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