After Happy Joe's locations in Maquoketa, Iowa and East Dubuque have closed. then, hearing last week that Dynamic Restaurant Holdings, the parent company of Happy Joe's, filed for bankruptcy in early September, Read more on that HERE. It's nice to report some good news about Happy Joe's.


Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream is awarding $50,000 in donations to families that have children with disabilities through its nonprofit, Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation.

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, in conjunction with the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, is awarding the $50,000 to help meet the needs of children with disabilities and their families. In honor of the iconic brand’s 50th anniversary and the birthday of its late founder, Happy Joe Whitty, the iconic pizza brand will share the donation with families in each of the communities it serves.

Through the Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation – a nonprofit organization founded by Whitty and his family – 50 families that support a child with physical or mental disabilities will each receive $1,000 to help offset medical expenses, meet mobility needs, as well as support their child’s educational and therapy initiatives. The program launched Saturday, Sept. 10 – Whitty’s birthday. Franchisees and general managers of all 50 Happy Joe’s restaurants will assist the foundation with finding families in need.

Kristel Ersan, Happy Joe’s daughter and vice president of marketing for the company says:

 “My family and I are honored to make this gift and continue our father’s mission of giving back to the communities that helped him achieve his dream,”

Happy Joe’s CEO and Chief Happiness Officer Tom Sacco said:

 “For 50 years, Happy Joe’s has strived to create magical moments for all our guests wherever they may be,”". “We plan to continue Joe’s legacy for as long as possible. Our hope is that each donation we make will bring smiles and welcome relief to wonderful families across our system!”

To learn more about Happy Joe’s, visit To volunteer, donate or learn more about Happy Joe’s Kids Foundation, visit or contact Kristel Ersan at or 563.650.4680. For interest in Happy Joe’s franchising opportunities, email Kat Davidson at or call 678.485.8413.

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