From the beginning in 1963, Jim Grote built Donatos on three fundamentals: creating a superior product, hiring great people, and adhering to strong principles that promote goodwill in business and the community. His philosophy was simple and powerfully successful: “To make the best pizza and treat others the way I would like to be treated.”

Today, Donatos has nearly 200 restaurants in 5 states and is growing fast. And that original pizza shop on Thurman Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, is still one of Donatos busiest, most successful locations.

Slice of Life Enterprise, LLC is the franchise partner bringing the Donatos brand to the Northern Virginia market. Slice of Life Enterprise is a Virginia LLC founded in 2010 by Martin White and Len Metheny. White has 25 years of experience in the food service and restaurant business, and is an owner/operator of the King Street Blues restaurants in Crystal City and Kingstowne, Virginia. Metheny is the former founder and owner of ApplyYourself, Inc., a Fairfax-based technology firm that serviced college and university admission offices. ApplyYourself was sold in 2007. White and Metheny have both been residents of NOVA for 20 years.


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