I figured it would be cool just to work behind the scenes for a little while and then get back to writing this blog with some breaking news. And here I am with an announcement: we’re opening our first dine-in Dodo Pizza restaurant in the US. If you’ve followed our story for a while, you might be perplexed, because we’re doing something we said we wouldn’t ever do. Why the sudden change of heart?
As you’ve probably already noticed, we disappeared from this blog for quite a long time. The reason is that we’ve been busy. Oxford is a college town in Mississippi where things get crazy during the fall. Students are back, and even more importantly, the football season takes off. Now it’s over, and we can finally catch our breath and sum everything up.
On this blog, we’ve always been challenging ourselves to share with you guys what we learn from mistakes we make. You might remember the post about our infamous milkshake fiasco or the sad story of puny Dodo Pizza’s productivity in Oxford. But this post will be a bit different. Now I’m going to tell you about 8 things we decided not to do in Oxford—that were totally right.
Actually, we hit it in June. But it took a while for our finance people to crunch the numbers and come up with the P&L spreadsheet for June. Our business plan published almost a year ago predicted that the pizzeria would lose money for at least half a year. Lately, we had a hunch that the forecast was probably too pessimistic. Still, $1,791 in profits in June took us all by surprise.
You never know when your life will make a sharp turn. Today you apply for a part-time job at a local pizza place in hopes of earning some pocket money, tomorrow you find yourself thinking about opening your own pizza delivery, and the day after, you’re boarding a plane for Russia. I bet three Oxonians—Erin Crockett, John Swinkowski, and Austin Whiteside—didn’t see that coming when they crossed the threshold of Dodo Pizza Oxford a few months ago.