Donatos Pizza Inks Three-Unit Deal in Bowling Green, KY and Northeast Nashville, TN

July 27, 2016 // // COLUMBUS, Ohio – Donatos Pizza, one of the premier regional pizza restaurant franchises in the U.S. and the creator of Edge to Edge® pizza, has announced the signing of a development deal with Sheldon Restaurant Group, LLC for three new locations in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Northeast Nashville, Tennessee. 

Under the agreement, the restaurants will be developed over the next three years, the first of which is expected to open in Bowling Green, KY within the next 12 months. Additional locations are planned for Hendersonville, TN and Gallatin, TN. Donatos currently has over 150 locations nationwide that includes nine locations throughout Kentucky and a store in Nashville.

“This is a prime example of our aggressive expansion efforts in the South and of our strategic partnerships with seasoned business owners and operators,” said Donatos COO Tom Pendrey. “The Sheldon Family has been an anchor in Bowling Green and surrounding areas for over 35 years, and we could not have found more perfect partners to boost Donatos’ footprint.” 

The Sheldon family brings a diversified portfolio of business ownership, including one of the largest independent drug stores in the country. Steve Sheldon, president of Sheldon Restaurant Group, LLC, has been involved with commercial real estate throughout Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee for decades.

“After visiting the corporate office in Columbus, meeting with the leadership team and sampling the products, we knew immediately that we have found something extremely special,” said Spence Sheldon, vice president of Sheldon Restaurant Group, LLC. “We are extremely proud and excited to carry on Donatos’ rich history and family tradition and to be able to continue serving our community.”

Donatos Pizza was founded in 1963 in Columbus, Ohio, by 19-year-old Jim Grote. In 1999, McDonald’s purchased the company, by then considered a gold standard in the pizza delivery. But in 2003, when the company later decided to refocus on burgers, Jim and his daughter, Jane, bought back Donatos.

Today, Donatos has remained a favorite in Ohio and beyond. The restaurant serves strombolis, wings, oven-baked subs, salads and desserts in addition to its Edge-to-Edge® pizza, Donatos’ trademark which comes with more than 100 pieces of pepperoni on it.

Along with the dine-in experience, Donatos also offers delivery and catering services, along with 26 toppings for customizable and signature pizzas.

About Donatos Pizza

Donatos Pizza, founded in 1963 by Jim Grote, is family-owned and operated, and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The creator of Edge to Edge® pizza, Donatos is recognized as one of the premier regional pizza companies in the United States, using only the freshest ingredients and highest food and safety standards to create delicious, quality products. Donatos and its franchise partners operate more than 150 restaurants in six states, and its products are proudly served in more than 15 entertainment and sports venues. For more information on Donatos Pizza, visit

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