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Damon's Grill was founded in 1979 by Irv Rossman, Jerry Rossman, Sam Massara, Joe Mazzola, and Joe Nader and is currently headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Restaurants are usually sectioned into two separate parts: The dining room, and the clubhouse with bar. There are currently 103 franchised locations in the United States, including restaurants in Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, as well as three in the United Kingdom.

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Menu

A menu at a Damon's Restaurant typically features barbecue ribs, a main focus, steaks, wings, sandwiches, as well as a variety of appetizers and desserts.

Dining atmosphere

Damon's franchises are often split into two different areas each with their own atmosphere and ambiance. The first of the two, is the clubhouse. The clubhouse area of the restaurant is themed like a sports bar with walls covered in sports memorabilia. The memorabilia usually correlates to sports teams in the area. (For example, the Damon's Grill in State College, Pennsylvania is decorated in Penn State memorabilia) The clubhouses' main feature is their large, projection screen televisions. Each restaurant usually has one to four televisions, and most franchises usually designate a television to the Buzztime network. This allows patrons to go head-to-head in a trivia competition while eating their meals. Mainly, the televisions are used to broadcast sporting events. Damon's Restaurants are often crowded during College Football or National Football League games. Clubhouses also include a bar area with several smaller televisions.

The second of the two areas is the dining room. Dining rooms are quieter areas for patrons to enjoy their meals. These areas often include small televisions so that guests may watch sports in a quieter setting.

Recent

Due to debt, Damon's began closing many restaurants in order to pay it off, which proved to be a tremendous waste of effort and time. Retsaurants in Ohio have closed shop, such as Medina, Akron, Hilliard, and the Stow and Canton locations are in serious danger of being shuttered. Poor business decisions have led to declining sales and empty booths are lending to fast-paced rumors of store closings in many other locations.[1]

English Franchise

An English franchise was setup in the late eighties and is known simply as "Damons" instead of Damon's Grill. The main restaurant and head office are based in Lincoln, while two other restaurants operate in Sheffield and Liverpool. A fourth restaurant was opened in Derby but closed in the summer of 2008. Unlike its American cousin, the English establishments are set out in American fifties theme, with wait staff wearing a tuxedo style uniform.

References

  1. ^ Eaton, Dan (2007-06-01). "Damon's prototype steps into the light" (in English). Business First of Columbus. http://columbus.bizjournals.com/columbus/stories/2007/06/04/story3.html?b=1180929600^1470716. Retrieved 2007-06-05.  

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