GREENVILLE – On Wednesday, Treaty City residents had their first opportunity to dine at Domino’s Pizza on Wagner Avenue.
Though the freshly sealed parking areas were still roped off, the “open” sign was lit and all hands were on deck to serve customers.
“This isn’t going to be the Domino’s Pizza most people remember,” said restaurant owner Murphy Howe.
Howe, who operates 12 other area Domino’s shops, said that the company has put a strong emphasis on creating a “family friendly” experience.
“This is an exciting, new concept for us,” he said. “Many customers want to sit down and eat with their family, to have family time.”
Noting the company’s recent efforts to revamp its menu and service, Howe said, “The dine-in option is the biggest change here. Before this, most of our locations were geared primarily toward carry out and delivery.”
The new shop has seating for up to 65 customers.
In addition to being able to enjoy a sit-down meal, pizza lovers will discover other customer-friendly features.
These include a drive through for carryout customers, a flat screen monitor by which customers can check the status of their order, and a wall-sized chalkboard, where the manager can write daily specials and upon which children can add their own chalk artwork.
The restaurant also features an open kitchen environment, whereas diners may watch the pizzas being made from start to finish. There is also a set of stairs where “young pizza inspectors” can step up for a closer look to see how it all happens.
Groundbreaking for the building first took place in October, but bad weather delayed its completion, according to Project Manager Jamie Hileman of Bruns General Contractors.
“Almost all the work we did was completed from March to now,” he said.
Domino’s Pizza’s operating hours are from 10:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
Howe said that he has approximately 30 employees now working at the location.
“The staff here has been training for about a month,” said Howe, who added that he hopes to add more employees as business allows.
“Our goal is to hire from the Darke County area,” he said, “We’re always looking for good people.”
Those interested in applying for a position can request an application at the restaurant or may apply online at jobs.dominos.com.
Erik Martin may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 937-569-4314.