Papa John’s Pizza was founded by John Schnatter of Jeffersonville, Indiana. While attending high school, and later college, John worked for various pizza shops, and it was his own personal dream to someday have his own pizza establishment. While working for his father at the tavern his father owned, John knocked out a broom closet, sold his car to purchase used restaurant equipment, and began selling pizza to the tavern’s customers. The pizza was a huge hit, and eventually John opened up his first Papa John’s pizzeria in 1984.
Papa John’s Pizza is the third largest pizza restaurant in the United States. Currently, there are over 3,000 Papa John’s establishments worldwide. This number includes over 2,600 in the United States and more than 500 in over 300 other countries around the world. The parent company, Papa John’s International, is based out of Louisville, Kentucky.
Customers are able to order pizza from Papa John’s in many different ways. You can order in the traditional way by visiting your local location. You may also order by using the online ordering system, or by text messaging your order to a specified number. Papa John’s became the first national pizza chain to enable online ordering to all of its customers based in the United States in 2002.
Papa John’s is mainly known for their use of fine ingredients in the making of their products. In fact, the company slogan is “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” They pride themselves in using fresh vegetables, superior quality tomato sauce, and fresh hand-tossed original dough when crafting their pizzas. Also, every pizza from Papa John’s is made with zero trans fat, making for an overall healthier pizza.
Every year Papa John’s International sponsors the Papa John’s Ten Miler. This race, the final leg of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running, is held at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. This race usually takes place in April, and in 2009 more than 8,000 runners and walkers participated in the event. Papa John’s has sponsored the Ten Miler for the past ten years, and each year the number of participants increases.
There are many coupons available for use when ordering pizza from Papa John’s. The company frequently mails coupons to residents in the communities surrounding its locations, and also sends out coupons in weekly advertisement circulars. Coupons are also available for customers who order pizza online. When visiting the ordering page of the Papa John’s website, a list of coupons is displayed at the top, and you can add any of them to your order. For example, currently there is a coupon for a large one-topping pizza for $7.99. At regular menu price, a large one-topping pizza would cost $11.50, so this is a savings of $3.51. Another coupon listed is for a free dessert with the purchase of a large specialty pizza at regular menu price. All of Papa John’s desserts, which include the Chocolate Pastry Delight and the Cinnapie, are regularly priced at $3.99, meaning that you would save $3.99 by using that coupon.
Papa John’s Pizza has been around for more than 25 years. After all those years, the main goal continues to be to provide customers with the best product possible.