Jim Grote was just 13 when he learned to make pizza at Donatos Pizza. Fast forward to 1963 when Grote was a sophomore at Ohio State University and still a pizza lover. He bought Donatos then for $1,300 and grew the business to include more than 150 stores in nine states.
As Grote grew the business, he also expanded his family, who lived right behind the pizza shop. "When folks arrived to pick up their pizza, I had them stop by to say hi to Nancy and the kids," he said. "It was great, a home filled with friends and neighbors."
The company is still family-owned and Grote's daughter Jane serves as a chairwoman of the board. Donatos is known for its "Edge to Edge" promise that ensures every inch of a slice is filled with toppings.