Round Table Pizza: “The Last Honest Pizza.”

Round Table Pizza is a chain and franchise of pizza parlors in the Western United States.

There are 401 Round Table Pizza restaurants in the United States.

On December 21, 1959, William R. Larson opened a pizza parlor which he named Round Table Pizza. It was located in Menlo Park, California at 1235 El Camino Real. The name, Round Table, was inspired by the round redwood tables he and his father had constructed.

The Menlo Park restaurant was eventually moved to 1225 El Camino Real where it still stands today and is owned and operated by William Larson’s son, Bob.

A little bit of history…
Larson was born in San Jose, California, on January 30, 1933, and was raised in Palo Alto, California. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and then worked at several jobs where he acquired the experience he needed to open his restaurant.

By 1978, under Larson’s direction, Round Table had amassed over 225 stores.

Larson sold a portion of Round Table stock to a group of investors in 1979. In 1985, the group formed an employee stock ownership plan and by 1992, Round Table Pizza was wholly employee-owned.

In 2007, Round Table Pizza’s mascot became the Pizza Knight, “defender of family night.” 

In 2014, the company agreed to build restaurants in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, and Qatar. Today, there are also Round Table Pizza locations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

In September 2017, Round Table Pizza was acquired by Global Franchise Group. 

In 2019, Round Table Pizza celebrated its 60th anniversary by introducing a new logo and a new motto: “Pizza Royalty”. In that same year, new locations were opened in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as well as in Frisco, and University Park.

On June 28, 2021, Global Franchise Group announced that FAT Brands would acquire Round Table Pizza. The deal was completed in July 2022.

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