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Papa John's Story - John Schantter

John's dad, Robert Schnatter, and his grandfather, “Papaw” Ackerson, drilled into John the importance of hard work. At 15 years old, he landed his first job at Rocky's Sub Pub, a local pizza restaurant, and worked his way up from dishwasher to pizza maker. That experience inspired him to open his own pizza restaurant and create a superior quality pizza chain.

John received a business degree from Ball State University. He worked at his father's tavern, Mick's Lounge, and after learning that it was on the verge of bankruptcy he sold his prized 1972 Camaro Z28 for $2,800 to help save the business.

He knocked down the broom closet of Mick's Lounge, purchased used restaurant equipment, and began delivering pizzas out of the back of the bar.