Papa John’s Pizza has opened at 5756 Calle Real in Goleta, immediately next door to Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar. “I have been local in Santa Barbara for more than 20 years now,” says store manager Asia Ashley. “I think more people feel comfortable knowing that such a huge name like Papa John’s has local people working on the inside. These aren’t people who have come from other states, or other places that we had to bring in to work here. They are all locally hired people. That’s usually a plus.”

Papa John’s lets you chose your own ingredients or pick from specialty pizzas including The Works, The Meats, John’s Favorite, Garden Fresh, Spicy Italian, Spinach Alfredo, BBQ Chicken Bacon, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Tuscan Six Cheese, Double Bacon 6-Cheese. Papa John’s owns or franchises approximately 4,200 restaurants in all 50 states and 35 countries. For more information visit or call 967-2421. Thanks to readers Cris, Cathy, Sunday and Glenn for the tips!

Left to right: store manager Asia Ashley, with co-workers Evan Chipman, Gabe Moreno and James Taylor inside the new Papa John’s Pizza at 5756 Calle Real in Goleta.

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  1. Chris says:

    I went there this afternoon for lunch. I had never tried a Papa John’s pizza before and I wanted to compare it to Dominos. I got the small 10-inch “Meats” pizza (beef, sausage, canadian bacon, bacon, pepperoni) with regular crust. With tax the pizza cost $11.88. I have to say that the pizza was pretty good. The crust on my 10-inch pie turned out to be very thick, thicker than a Dominos Pan Pizza. All the meats were good. Tasty sauce. Not greasy at all. I’m a big guy and I could not eat it all for lunch. I ate 3/4 of it but I would have been satisfied splitting the pizza with someone else. The review is not all good, however. I ordered my pizza online and when I got there 15 minutes later they were just making it (they said something happened to the first one). Only one guy working there knew what was going on. The rest of the staff looked like a herd of deer in a flood of headlights. I’m sure as time goes on the service will get better.

  2. Christine says:

    Hiring local people – ok, that’s a plus. But they’re working for a guy who doesn’t want to pay to cover your healthcare or pay you a living wage. I’m surprised that in such a progressive town as SB some are happy when these sort of chains open.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Don’t most local fast food places hire local workers? Is that really their best selling point?

  4. Spank says:

    For delivery it’s the best tasting out there, but one small (huge) problem. I ordered my pizza at 5:05p today and it arrived at 6:15 like warm. When I called at 6 to ask about it they said “well it’s ready, we only have one driver and we are slammed”. Listen, I get it, but maybe if your customer calls at 6 to inquire about the order, make sure to have it actually hot when it gets to the door.

  5. Glenn says:

    Hiring a few Ok but Goleta Un rate is 3.3% already I think, one of the best in the nation anyways…

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