Johnny’s Pizza was originally started in 1965 by Johnny Pace in Manlius N.Y.
Bruce Jackson went to work at the pizzeria at the age of sixteen. In 1971 at the age of nineteen Jackson went into business with Johnny’s younger brother Rosario in a small pizzeria just off the Syracuse University campus also named Johnny's Pizza. Jackson and Pace enjoyed great success at this location for six years. This location is still in operation today. In 1977 Bruce Jackson and new partner Scott Allen moved to Atlanta Georgia to start a Johnny's Pizza location there.
In the spring of 1977 Bruce and Scott opened their first store in Forest Park Georgia. After a year of business in that location they decided to move the restaurant to Virginia Avenue in East Point Georgia across the street from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new location proved to be a huge success and just over one year later a second store on Cheshire Bridge Road was opened. Between 1984 and 1994 four more locations were opened in the Atlanta area.
In 1994 Bruce and Scott started to work on a new company called Johnny's Pizza Franchise Systems, Inc. In the past 15 years Johnny's Pizza has grown to 70 restaurants, with 5 scheduled to open in the year 2009.
In 2003 Bruce and Scott opened an affiliate company- Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza -for doing business outside the state of Georgia. This company has 12 locations now, and will soon open many more.
Johnny Brusco's Pizza is now open in Dallas Texas (1 Locations), Memphis Tennessee (4 locations), Johnson City (1) and Kingsport (1) Tennessee, Concord North Carolina (1), Bentonville Arkansas (1), Overland Park Kansas (1) and Auburn Alabama (1). Johnny’s has plans to continue developing these markets. For information regarding these markets, as well as other potential markets, please visit our Franchise Home Page.
Many of our franchise owners have become quite successful with their Johnny’s Pizza Franchises and are now operating more than one location. We have enjoyed great success in the metro Atlanta area and look forward to continuing success as our business continues to expand in many new locations and cities.