Residents and visitors to Oakwood can now enjoy indoor dining at a relocated Domino’s Pizza.
Hall County’s first freestanding Domino’s restaurant is up and running at 4018 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.
Unlike Domino’s Pizza locations of old, catering primarily to take-out orders and dispatching drivers on deliveries, the new store features indoor dining.
“It’s a little more expensive to go this route, but it’s a great-looking store,” franchisee Greg Fox said Thursday, June 21.
The building features Domino’s familiar logo, with blue and red colors, but also a large section of stacked stone.
The store also will have a drive-thru pickup window, “as a convenience factor for mom with a bunch of kids strapped in car seats,” and a viewing window inside the restaurant that encourages customers to watch their pizza being made, Fox said.
“The community has been very responsive,” he said. “Business is good, business is up.”
The restaurant, employing about 20-25 workers, was in a storefront at an aging building next door that Fox plans to renovate and turn into retail space. That project could start in a couple of months.
The old store had been open for 30-plus years, said Fox, who’s been the owner since 2006.
His long-term plan is to build franchise offices on a hill behind the new restaurant with access to Old Oakwood Road “and have kind of a Domino’s campus here,” Fox said.
“We hope to get started (on the offices) within a year,” he added.
Overall, with growth that’s happening along Mundy Mill Road, “we think we’re in the right place,” Fox said.
The restaurant makeover is part of a Domino’s initiative “where we’ve redone all our stores,” he said in an interview last year. “It’s the ‘pizza theater’ concept, where it’s much more open and inviting.”
Newly remade restaurants now include an expanded dining room area, as well as a viewing window that encourages customers to watch their pizza being made.
The Domino’s off Hog Mountain Road in Flowery Branch went through a similar conversion in 2015. That restaurant had been operating for 15 years before getting a face-lift.