Johnny Huntsman opened Johnny’s Pizza House in 1967, a time when pizza parlor chains scarcely existed in northern Louisiana. By the 1980s the groundbreaking concept had expanded from its Monroe origins to over forty locations, some being franchises, until business slowed and the company declared bankruptcy at the end of that decade. Today the privately held Johnny’s operates over thirty-five units, franchises and company-owned, primarily in free-standing structures, and has rolled out a new prototype with distinctive white stucco exteriors and red hacienda-style roofs, casual wooden tables and cushioned booths. Customers can choose counter service, takeout (including take and bakes pizza pies) or delivery at lunch, dinner or in-between. Eleven ingredients top the signature Sweep the Kitchen® pizza. Other pizza specialties—chicken ranchero, bacon cheeseburger, build-your-own—comprise the menu that includes muffulettas and boneless chicken wings.

LocationWest Monroe, La.
2012 Systemwide Sales$34,200,000*
% Change in Sales22.3%
2012 U.S. Units40
2012 Average Unit Volume$856,000*
% Change in AUV0.7%
Future 50 Year2013