Own Your Own & The Million Dollar Restaurant Competition Documentary

Own Your Own (OYO), the newest company from Hotjobs.com founder Richard Johnson, is designed to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to open new businesses and revitalize small towns across America, starting with Burgaw, North Carolina.

May 26, 2023 - 08:17
Own Your Own & The Million Dollar Restaurant Competition Documentary

Own Your Own (OYO), the newest company from Hotjobs.com founder Richard Johnson, is designed to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to open new businesses and revitalize small towns across America, starting with Burgaw, North Carolina.

OYO launched a nationwide competition this past January to find the future owner of a new restaurant in Burgaw. The opportunity has already attracted 500 applicants from 26 states and due to the overwhelming response, the application period has been extended through July 15, 2023. Those interested in applying can do so at the OYO website.

In August of 2020, Johnson built Fat Daddy's, a NY-style pizzeria and handed retired teacher Jay Kranchalk a turnkey operation that quickly became a town staple. With Fat Daddy's success, the future OYO Model was born.

"During the pandemic our pizza was a big hit and the demand has not slowed down since," Jay Kranchalk said, "As a school teacher, I never imagined owning my own restaurant, now I can't think of not being my own boss."

On St. Paddy's Day of this year, Johnson handed the keys to Burgaw Brewing, the town's first brewpub, to Kevin and Emmaline Kozak. In just a few short months the brewpub has become the town's central gathering space and nearby businesses have all reported an increase in foot traffic and sales.

"It has always been my dream to own my own brewpub," Kevin Kozak said. "The town has been nothing but supportive and our tables have been filled everyday. Emmaline and I are so grateful to have been given this opportunity."

Now Johnson and his team are focused on opening their third restaurant in Burgaw. To find the next restaurant entrepreneur, they are holding a nationwide competition where the winner gets a 3,000-sq. ft. space in Burgaw and a $1,000,000 budget to design and build their own restaurant.

"A key element to our success is finding the right person who can succeed at running a restaurant and will also be supported by the town," Richard Johnson said. "The success of Fat Daddy's and Burgaw Brewing made me realize the model we have developed in Burgaw can be replicated in small towns across America."

This time around the OYO team is taking the time to make a documentary of how they helped to revitalize a small town by creating a vibrant restaurant scene.

"We are so proud of the work we are doing and want to share our story," Johnson said. "We also want to show how the OYO model can be used to create sparks of opportunity in other towns and communities."

In addition to running the competition and making the documentary, OYO is in talks to explore the idea of developing a television show based on the competition and its impact on Burgaw.