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As a high school student working at a local pizza pub in Jeffersonville, Indiana, Papa John’s founder, John Schnatter, realized that there was something missing from national pizza chains: a superior-quality traditional pizza delivered to the customer’s door.

John’s dream was to one day open a pizza restaurant that would fill that void.

In 1984, “Papa” John Schnatter knocked out a broom closet located in the back of his father’s tavern (Mick’s Lounge), sold his prized 1972 Z28 Camaro, purchased $1,600 worth of used restaurant equipment, and began selling his pizzas to the tavern’s customers (My brother, Todd, ate in the Broom Closet Restaurant many times. I never knew about it back then, unfortunately — Mark.) The customers loved the pizza so much that John was able to expand by moving into adjoining space, eventually leading to the opening of the first Papa John’s restaurant in 1985.
Today, there are more than 3,000 Papa John’s restaurants worldwide.

Papa John and Colonel Sanders are the only two Kentuckians to by inducted into Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame.

The University of Louisville Football Cardinals play in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Go Cards!

So simple and easy, you can make it in the time it takes the pizza to cook or for Papa to deliver.

Papa Johns Garlic Sauce

Papa John’s Garlic Sauce Recipe


  • 1/4 – 1/2 stick Margarine
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  1. Melt butter in the microwave (about 30 seconds).
  2. Put in salt and garlic powder (to taste).
  3. Microwave for 5 seconds longer as the pizza get done or arrives from delivery.

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