Arni's Restaurant

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Arni's Restaurant
Type Restaurant
Industry Restaurant
Founded 1965
Headquarters Lafayette, Indiana
Key people Kurt Cohen, President
Brad Cohen, Vice President
Products Pizza

Arni's Restaurant is a chain of pizzerias with locations throughout the U.S. state of Indiana.


The first Arni's opened at Market Square Shopping Center in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1965, and was named for its founder, restaurateur Arni Cohen. The restaurant, originally designed to seat 120, expanded several times and now seats approximately 500.

The restaurant's success led to the establishment of several smaller Arni's locations in surrounding communities, emphasizing carryout service. A second full-service location opened in the summer of 1988. The chain currently consists of 10 company owned stores and eight franchised locations.

Arni Cohen was a board member of the Indiana Restaurant Association and was elected to the Indiana Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2002. He died February 7, 2002, at the age of 69; his sons Kurt and Brad now lead the company.


Pizza has always been the staple of the Arni's menu, but the restaurant also offers sandwiches, salads, pastas and deserts. Arni's also owns and operates its own distribution company, Linarco Distributing, which supplies food products both to its own restaurants and others in the area.



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