The Pizza Masters of Duke Street

The pizza-making team of Robert Donner, Emmanuell Dicks and David Grisard have won the 2009 Domino’s Pizza Order Up! contest, held annually in Las Vegas. They're members of Team Washington, a franchise that has won 15 of the last 22 Domino's World's Fastest Pizza Maker titles.

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"Team Route 1," as the three pizza makers call themselves, made seven pizzas in an impressive one minute and 11.89 seconds, earning them $18,000 in prize money the 2009 Domino’s Pizza Order Up! contest in Las Vegas.. Read the full story at LocalKicks.com.
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Robert Donner, Emmanuell Dicks and David Grisard are part of a franchise that has won 15 of the last 22 Domino’s World’s Fastest Pizza Maker titles.
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Finalists in Vegas represented Domino's stores from around the world, as far away as Malaysia. They had to hand-stretch fresh dough, pizza sauce and top four medium and three large pizzas with a variety of toppings as quickly as possible.
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All hail the winners! Robert Donner, Emmanuell Dicks and David Grisard won big in Vegas ... but not on the slot machines.
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The Alexandria location owners met in college when they were both delivering pizzas for a fledgling company called Domino's, which at the time only serviced a handful of college campuses nationwide.
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After finishing his degree, Frank Meeks left Southern Mississippi to work as an aide to Senator Trent Lott, then a member of Congress. During his time on the Hill, Meeks helped open Domino’s locations in Northern Virginia.
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The idea of starting his own Domino's franchise to service the powerful, burn-the-midnight oil staffs on the Hill and K Street corridor intrigued Meeks, but Domino's corporate did not believe its model would work outside college towns -- plus 17 banks turned him down for start-up capital.
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But the frat brothers were able to open the first Domino's in the Washington area, at 5418 Duke St., in 1986. They became the backbone of Team Washington, a 58-store pizza-making goliath which last year booked revenues of $62 million. The Duke Street location alone makes 90,000 pizzas per year.
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To recap: 15 awards, 90,000 pizzas, $18,000 in prize money ... someone get us a calculator, OK? We're not sure what exactly we'd be doing with it, but we'd just feel more comfortable having one nearby. Read the full story at LocalKicks.com.
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