Is this really hard to believe? The Papa John's Pizza franchise, an American restaurant company, was founded in 1983 when "Papa" John Schnatter knocked out a broom closet in the back of his father's tavern, Mick's Lounge, in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It is now the third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the United States.

Schnatter sold his 1972 Camaro to purchase $1,600 worth of used pizza equipment. Next, he began selling pizzas to customers in his father's tavern from out of the then converted closet. His pizzas were so popular that one year later, he was able to move into an adjoining space.

Currently, the Papa John's Pizza franchise has over 4,700 establishments around the world, including around 3,500 in the U.S. There are worldwide over 1,200 outlets spread throughout 37 countries and territories. So, in September 2012, Papa John's Pizza opened its 4,000th restaurant, in New Hyde Park, New York.

Also, its slogan, "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John's." is very well known at this point in time worldwide by people young and old. Pizza lovers are glad to tell you that they truly believe in this slogan.

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