1988 (United Kingdom)
|Headquarters||Columbus, Ohio (U.S.)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire (United Kingdom)
|Number of locations||15 (2014)|
Damon's Grill & Sports Bar (known as Damon's in the United Kingdom) is an American casual dining restaurant chain based in Columbus, Ohio with currently 15 locations in the United States and the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1979 as Damon's Grill by Irv Rossman, Jerry Rossman, Sam Massara, Joe Mazzola, and Joe Nader. In 1988 a British franchise was opened with headquarters in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
Restaurants in the States are usually sectioned into two separate parts: The dining room, and the clubhouse with bar. There are currently restaurants in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. All three British restaurants are based in England and as well as the company headquarters in Lincoln, Lincolnshire there are two more in Sheffield and Liverpool.
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.
There are a few franchises that do not follow this model. Locations in Sandusky, Ohio and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina are situated on bodies of water, the Sandusky location is on Lake Erie and the Myrtle Beach location is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Because of their location both restaurants have a nautical theme and have more of an upscale atmosphere. The Sandusky location (along with the Willoughby, Twinsburg, Middleburg Heights, Independence, and Mentor locations) is now closed.
Damon's Grill launched a brand new menu in October 2010 and rebranded the chain to Damon's Grill & Sports Bar. Stores were upgraded individually.
A British franchise was set up in 1988 and is known simply as "Damon's". The main restaurant and head office are based in Lincoln, while two other restaurants operate in Sheffield and Liverpool. Unlike its American counterpart, the British establishments are strictly fine dining with a lounge and bar area, with no sports theme, related memorabilia or television although the restaurants are decorated with popular American movie and musical artwork pieces and posters from the 1950s era.
- Eaton, Dan (2007-06-01). "Damon's prototype steps into the light". Business First of Columbus. Retrieved 2007-06-05.