World's Largest Johnny Rockets Opens in Dominican Republic
All-American restaurant chain Johnny Rockets recently opened its biggest location ever in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital and largest city.
The new full-service, 6,000+-square-foot restaurant is located at the corner of Abraham Lincoln Avenue and Bolivar Avenue in the upscale Polígono Central neighborhood, and offers local residents and area visitors the flavorful food, friendly service, uplifting music, and relaxed, casual fun that have been the company’s trademark for the past 26 years.
“This new restaurant is undeniably the Taj Mahal of Johnny Rockets,” says John Fuller, CEO of Johnny Rockets. “At more than 6,000 square feet, it’s the largest location in our nearly 300-restaurant chain, and boasts a spectacular design, fluid operations flow, and comfortable seating for more than 200 guests.
“Our franchise partners are committed to making sure each guest enjoys an exceptional dining experience, and I’m thrilled to see how warmly the Dominicans have already embraced our all-American food, fun, and feel-good ambiance.”
The new restaurant’s modern, high-tech design pays homage to the futuristic yet classic Googie architecture style, and features Johnny Rockets franchise owner Axel Hache’s world-record-setting fastest remote-control jet as a centerpiece.
Prominent fixtures in the Santo Domingo community, Hache and his brother Gamal lead the National Basketball League team, the Titans, and own several other restaurants. With exclusive rights to the iconic Johnny Rockets brand in the Dominican Republic, the new Santo Domingo location marks the first of five Johnny Rockets restaurants the Hache brothers plan to open in their home country.
“Hamburgers are very popular in the Dominican Republic, but it’s the guest experience that really makes Johnny Rockets special,” says Axel Hache. “We’re honored to treat the people of Santo Domingo to our fun, family-friendly atmosphere with classic American music and dancing servers.”
A grand opening celebration was held Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m., featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony, appearances by local dignitaries, menu sampling, and performances by Johnny Rockets dancing servers.
“Santo Domingo’s construction boom over the last few years created the ideal setting to enter the market,” says Steve Devine, executive vice president of franchise development for Johnny Rockets, who represented the company at the grand opening event along with Fuller. “The Dominican Republic’s geographic location, stability, and vibrant economy position the market well for further Caribbean expansion.”