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Red Robin restaurants serving Donatos Pizza could reach 450 units by the end of 2022.

How the Red Robin and Donatos partnership came together

The casual dining chain under then-CEO Denny Marie Post pursued a different pizza brand three years ago before turning to Donatos, which was skittish after its experience with McDonald’s

After the founder of Donatos Pizza repurchased the chain from McDonald’s in 2003, the Ohio-based pizzeria brand — known for its edge-to-edge toppings — was reluctant to partner with any big corporation.

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