1979 (U.S.) |
1988 (United Kingdom)
Columbus, Ohio (U.S.) |
Lincoln, Lincolnshire (United Kingdom)
Number of locations
Number of employees
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 five locations in the United States and three in the United Kingdom.
Damon's was founded in 1979 in East Columbus, Ohio as Damon's Grill by Irv Rossman, Jerry Rossman, Sam Massara, Joe Mazzola, and Joe Nader. In 1988 the UK headquarters was opened with a franchise in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
In 1981, Gene Simonetti joined Rossman and they opened a second restaurant at the Continent in North Columbus. In 1983, the first Damon’s franchise, a joint venture partnership in Indianapolis, opened. Also in 1983, Rossman became Chairman of the Board and Simonetti became President.
A trend setting event occurred in 1985 when Parke University Hotel developed and opened the first Clubhouse while at the same time purchasing a Damon's franchise. The two occurrences eventually led to the current Damon’s Clubhouse concept. In 1986, Simonetti formed Damon’s Management Inc. (DMI) and Rossman relocated Damon’s Inc. to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Damon’s went international in 1988 by opening a Damon’s franchise operation in Lincoln, England. In 1989, private investors associated with Parke Hotel Management acquired ownership of Damon’s Management, Inc. Damon’s International, Inc. became the new umbrella for the consolidated companies. The organization was simplified and allowed for the worldwide expansion of the Damon’s concept.
Damon's in the UK
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.