Papa’s in the House: The Massive Mansion that Papa John’s Pizza Built

Ryan Nickum

Nov 13

News

There are few things Americans disagree on more than politics and pizza toppings, so it’s not surprising partisan pizza maker “Papa John” Schnatter is in the middle of a political firestorm. A longtime critic of Obamacare, the Papa John’s CEO recently announced employee hours would probably be reduced to avoid the additional $5-8 million cost of providing all full-time employees with government-mandated health insurance.

The announcement lit a fuse on the internet, sparking debate not seen since the recent flareup over Chick-fil-A’s gay marriage controversy. Amidst the online bickering of armchair economists, Schnatter’s opulent 40,000-square-foot castle in Kentucky was dragged into the fight. Critics pointed to the Papa John’s CEO’s immense wealth ($600 million net worth) and enormous home as reason enough he could afford the increased health care costs. After all, critics argued, if he doesn’t have the coin for his workers’ health care how can he afford a promotion to give away 2 million pizzas or own a home with these deluxe amenities:

  • Multi-level 22 car underground garage
  • Multiple swimming pools
  • Private golf course
  • Gigantic motorized turntable-driveway to park stretch limousines
  • 6,000-square-foot guest house
  • Office for valet parking

But while this massive mansion received plenty of criticism, many have came to the defense of the pizza magnate. Numerous supporters spoke out on social media, and recently it was announced that Friday, November 16 will be National Papa John’s Appreciation Day.

Schnatter’s sprawling home was recently the site of a Mitt Romney fundraiser, in which the former presidential candidate praised the Republican donor, saying “Who would’ve imagined pizza could build this?” In addition to similar political beliefs, both men share an enthusiasm for large homes and car elevators.

The controversy hasn’t deterred Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from buying 21 Papa John’s franchises in Colorado. Many, including sports reporter Rick Reilly, credited Manning for the timing of his purchase since marijuana becomes legal in Colorado in one week.

With Papa John’s stock suddenly down and a boycott on the way, it seems like the fast food franchise had hit bottom, but today things got worse. In the U.S. District Court in Seattle, attorneys representing people who received spam emails filed a class action lawsuit against Papa John’s Pizza that they say could cost the pizza chain $250 million.  No matter what happens to Papa John’s though, John Schnatter has a pretty sweet home to hang out in until these controversies blow over.

 

Other articles by Estately…

Clash of the Presidential Candidates’ Cribs

Where to Move if Your Presidential Candidate Loses

Related Articles

Estately Burger Map

America’s 5 Best and Worst Cities for Hamburgers

Saturday is National Hamburger Day, and here at Estately, we take burgers very seriously. So seriously in fact, that we combed through Yelp data to create this attractive map of America's best and worst cities for burgers.

Read more
DC9631255 - Sun Drenched Observatory

Barbecuing with Barack: You Can Be Obama’s Neighbor

As November nears and President Obama’s second term comes to a close, the first family prepares to bid farewell to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. What this means for you dreamers and schemers out there, is a rare chance to become Barry’s neighbor and best friend.

Read more
mom map

Mom-related terms each state Googles more than any other

Mother's Day is nearly upon us so Estately set out to see how Americans differ when it comes to Google searches related to Mother's Day, motherhood, celebrity moms, fictional moms, and all things mom-related.

Read more
59_959759_20_1460041815_636x435

7 U.S. Homes For Sale That Come With Outhouses

Once a necessary amenity for any home, the outhouse has been cast off by most, but not all, homeowners. Some homes have no shame in advertising their outdoor bathrooms so Estately searched thousands of real estate listings to find some of the best.

Read more
635fd990-0e14-11e6-81e0-501282498df4

Boston-area home prices by transit stop

It's no secret Boston-area home prices are among the highest in the country, but Estately wanted to show how those prices vary depending on which transit stop a home is near. To do this, Estately analyzed the last six months of home sales within a half-mile radius of each Boston-area transit stops.

Read more
beer map

The United States of Beer—A Rebuttal to Budweiser’s America

The King of Beers may be the brand most synonymous with America internationally, but the United States of America is 50 states strong, and each individual state deserves to be paired with a beer that best represents it. Here are Estately's suggestions...

Read more
WA homeowner costs

What do Residents in Washington’s 25 Largest Cities Spend on Housing?

The general rule of homeownership is you shouldn't spend more than 28% of your income on housing. While that number is somewhat arbitrary, it certainly doesn't match what many Washington state residents are paying during a time of skyrocketing home prices.

Read more
BART_metro_affordability-e7c195e403574e9fdd31a48cf0bc6a3a3b3ff605445bf410d200f82b8418128f_gif

Bay Area home prices by transit stop

It's no secret Bay Area home prices are among the highest in the country, but Estately wanted to show how those prices vary depending on which BART or Caltrain stop a home is near. To do this, Estately Real Estate Search analyzed the last six months of home sales for houses, townhouses, and condos that were within a one-mile radius of each BART and Caltrain transit stop.

Read more
Stanford_University_Palm_Drive_facing_Palo_Alto

18 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Palo Alto

Palo Alto is home to a couple of small tech companies you may have heard of - Facebook, Google and Hewlett Packard just to name a few. If you want to work a tech company and want to live near where you work, Palo Alto is a good place to be.

Read more
providence-rhode-island-skyline

20 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhodes Island – the New England mecca of history, creativity, and education. Fall in love with its gorgeous fall foliage and bustling cultural offerings. If you're considering relocating to Providence, here are a few things you should know first...

Read more