The fast casual pizza segment has gone from nowhere to seemingly everywhere with head-spinning speed. And while a band of start-ups have debuted in the past few years, Donatos Pizza, the leading pizza chain in Technomic’s most recent Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report, is dominating the category. And they’re showing no signs of slowing down.
With 153 restaurants and 15 sports and entertainment venues located in six states, Donatos recently announced plans to grab a bigger share of the franchise pie and further expand its national footprint. Having already opened one new location this year, with a second in the works, company executives are targeting to have more than 200 total units by 2018.