Damon’s was born when its founder, Mr. Irv Rossman, opened the first restaurant in East Columbus in September of 1979. In 1981, Mr Gene Simonetti joined Mr Rossman and they opened the 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, Mr Rossman became Chairman of the Board and Mr. 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, Mr. Simonetti formed Damon’s Management Inc. (DMI) and Mr. 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 has come a long way in a short time. Today, we are know as one of the leaders in the casual dining segment of the foodservice industry, acclaimed for our ability to serve the finest menu selections including our first quality ribs, chicken, shrimp, steaks and our unique loaf of onion rings.
We welcome you to our family of restaurant professionals. To ensure your success, we promise our complete dedication and support. We promise to help you excel in every way possible.