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Donato’s Pizza announces massive comeback in Orlando, planning more than 20 locations in central Florida


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  • Donatos, the pizza company that left Orlando in 2008, is back with more than 20 locations in central Florida.

Donatos, an Ohio-based pizza chain, has announced that it will be returning to Orlando in the near future with more than 20 locations.

The restaurant has a single location in Winter Park, but the latest development is centered on 20-30 locations in Orlando and Daytona, particularly high-density neighborhoods, according to a statement from the restaurant.

Donatos’ comeback is part of a larger plan aimed at expanding the franchise from Jacksonville to Miami-Dade County.
Jeff Baldwin, Donatos’ vice president of franchising development, said the choice of Orlando as the focus of their new locations was no accident.

“We know Floridians are looking for new pizza, and while we’ve been in business for 58 years, there is no pizza like Donato’s ‘Edge to Edge’ toppings pizza in Florida,” Baldwin said in the statement.

The pizza company, which was owned by McDonald’s until 2003, left the Orlando market in 2008 after the owner shifted the business model to smaller franchise stores. Donatos is known for its signature pizza with 100 peppers, delicious Italian sandwiches and a variety of desserts.

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Janet Smith