The Real Papa John Coming to the Vernon Papa John's

Founder and CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, is scheduled to make an appearance on Jan. 31.

The Vernon Papa John's. Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel
The Vernon Papa John's. Photo Credit: Chris Dehnel

The local Papa John's is getting a visit from Papa John himself. 

Yes the real Papa John.

The Papa John's Pizza chain announced on Wednesday that the founder and CEO of Papa John’s, John Schnatter, will make an appearance at both the Bloomfield and Vernon locations on Jan. 31 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the company.

Schnatter is scheduled to meet with the staff and customers to, "thank them for their role in growing the Papa John's brand in Connecticut."

Papa John’s President and COO Tony Thompson, and board member Mark Shapiro will join him. 

“The fact that John, Tony, and Mark are taking time out of their busy schedules to visit our stores shows the excitement over what we have been able to accomplish in Connecticut in such a short period of time,” said franchise owner David Kass. “We are so excited to be in Bloomfield and Vernon, and to be part of this amazing company.”

Schnatter is slated to visit the Vernon store from 3:15 to 4 p.m. It is located next to Stop & Shop and Scranton Motors at 40 Windsorville Rd. 

He is scheduled to be at the Bloomfield Papa John's at 695 Park Ave. from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Vernon Papa John's opened in December

Papa John’s Pizza opened seven stores in Connecticut during 2013 and has four more scheduled to open in 2014.  

To commemorate the anniversary and Schnatter's visit, the Papa John’s outlets in Bloomfield and Vernon are offering large cheese pizzas for $6.25, the original price of a pizza when the first Papa John’s opened in 1984. The offer is only valid at the two locations on Jan. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. and is only valid in-store with no delivery available.
Edie Chernack January 23, 2014 at 06:56 AM
Maybe someone will ask John Schnatter why he would give away 2 million pizza during superbowl, but won't pay his empolyees a living wage. I will not buy his pizza until he pays his employees a living wage.
jeremy January 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM
You're joking right Edie? You must not eat pizza anywhere then, cause most pizza shop owners will not pay high school kids a "living wage". What exactly is a living wage? Why is it required of a business owner to make sure someone has enough money to live the way they want to live? Let me rephrase, who are you to decide how much someone who owns a business pays people of various skill levels? Have you created jobs? Owned a business? Had to make a payroll? John Schnatter does not pay these employees. It’s the owner of the franchise that pays them. Most business owners have a very small margin of profit. I know profit is probably a bad word for you, but its what is left over after all expenses paid that the franchise owner gets to pay him/herself. Do you not think the owner deserves to make money after working probably 60+ hours a week to start his/her franchise? Who are you to dictate how much s/he pays the employees and what their take home pay is? Making pizza is a low skill job but obviously has value. Perhaps a franchise owner is being trained there right now, perhaps someone who will one day own their own pizza place. Keep insisting on low sill labor earning more and the very first ones to get laid off are the low skill laborers. So great...You were making $10 an hour flipping a pizza and gaining experience to earn more one day, but since I, the business owner has to pay everyone $13 and hour now...Well, I have to cut costs or increase revenue. One of two things happen...Layoffs, or increased cost of goods/services. So your $8 pizza becomes $9...so on and so forth with all other goods and services. Your $13 an hour job, well, because of the increased cost, has the same value as the $10...If you were lucky enough to survive the layoffs. Go ahead and get mad at the franchise owner for laying off or increasing costs of goods/services but remember, you have no right to decided how he runs his business. Better yet, you can start your own pizza place, take on the debt, work the hours, and pay your people $20 an hour...Talking points and bumper sticker policy sayings are cute until they are played out in reality. Perhaps people should think about them before they say them.
Craig B January 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM
I grew up in the midwest eating Pizza Hut, Dominoes and Little Caesars so I am not adverse to "fast food" pizza. But I had never been to Papa John's and was excited when this branch opened in Vernon. We tried out their 30 cent special and bought two pizzas. The price was right, the building is clean, the staff efficient. This is without a doubt the worst pizza I have ever eaten. The four of us had a slice or two a piece and THREW THE REST OUT! We NEVER throw pizza out...at worst it's breakfast the next day. The toppings were sporadic, the crust had this weird "sponge-like" texture and the sauce was cloyingly sweet. Honestly I think the sauce is 1 part tomato, 5 parts sugar with not a spice to be found. Take my word for it. If you want cheap, fast food pizza, stick with Pizza Hut (although the building and staff on Route 83 could do with a thorough scrubbing). If you want good pizza, try Da Vinci's in Ellington or Sal's in South Windsor.


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