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
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.
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.
All hail the winners! Robert Donner, Emmanuell Dicks and David Grisard won big in Vegas ... but not on the slot machines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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