Arni's Restaurant

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Arni's Restaurant
Industry Restaurant
Founded 1965
Headquarters Lafayette, Indiana
Key people
Brad Cohen, Vice President
Kurt 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, after its founder purachsed an existing Pizza King franchise and converted it to his own namesake, and was named for its founder, restaurateur Arni Cohen.[1][2] 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 Brad and Kurt now lead the company.

Arni's was added to the Pizza Hall of Fame on August 1, 2017.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bangert, Dave (2017-08-02). "Meet you, Arni's, at the Pizza Hall of Fame". Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b Morin, Tracy. "Arni's". Pizza Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  • Wright, Jodi. "Pie in the Sky." Indianapolis Monthly 31.12 (June 2008): 184-184.
  • "Restaurants Northwest." Indianapolis Monthly 28.14 (August 2005): 295-296.

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