About Donatos

Our Heritage


$1,300. That's exactly what Jim Grote, a college sophomore at The Ohio State University, put down to purchase his dream-a small pizzeria on the south side of Columbus, Ohio. Little did he know that his small investment would create one of the most respected pizza chains in the industry-Donatos.

From the beginning, Jim built Donatos on three fundamentals: creating a superior product, hiring great people, and adhering to strong principles that promote goodwill in business and the community. His philosophy was simple and powerfully successful: “To make the best pizza and treat others the way I would like to be treated.”

Today, Donatos has nearly 200 restaurants in 5 states and is growing fast. And that original pizza shop on Thurman Avenue in Columbus, purchased back in 1963 is still one of Donatos busiest, most successful locations.