The man who set the Guinness World Record for number of pizzas made in one hour is opening a Domino’s Pizza at the Gateway.
Brian Edler owns more than a dozen franchise stores in Ohio, including the Domino’s in Findlay, where he baked and boxed 206 medium cheese pizzas in 60 minutes in December 2010 while raising $37,000 for charity. Three years ago, he also created Domino’s parmesan bread bites that are now on menus nationwide.“The University of Toledo is likely the largest college campus in the United States that does not have a Domino’s,” Edler said. “Somebody had to do it. I am happy to fix that. Plus, we’ve put enough ovens in the restaurant design to go for another world record.”
The restaurant at the Gateway is expected to open its doors in July next to Jimmy John’s at the retail center on the corner of the UT Main Campus at Secor Road and Dorr Street.
Edler’s business partner is Brent Medders, another Domino’s franchise owner out of Arkansas. They plan to open 10 stores in the Toledo area in the next three years under their corporation Rocket Pizza.
“Domino’s restaurants across the country are doing well, especially in the online orders. That bodes well when serving college students,” Edler said. “But we’re also eager for customers to dine in. This location will feature our pizza-theater design. It’s an open kitchen where you can watch us make pizzas. Plus, we’ll have seating for up to 40 people and half a dozen TVs.”
Edler is hiring for the Gateway Domino’s. To apply, go to jobs.dominos.com.
“Gateway continues to grow since breaking ground five years ago,” Brenda Lee, president of the UT Foundation, said. “We are proud to welcome another business to enhance the Dorr Street corridor and our bustling campus.”
Gateway opened three years ago and features restaurants, stores and loft-style apartments. Businesses include Barnes & Noble University Bookstore, Gradkowski’s, Starbucks, Rice Blvd., Verizon Wireless Zone, Huntington Bank, Great Clips, Jimmy John’s and Bubble Tea.