THE KOD COME UP STORY

For almost 40 years, King of Donair has been offering the great taste of donairs and pizza to Atlantic Canadians. Often imitated, never duplicated is more than just a motto.

King of Donair is the first to introduce Donairs in Canada in 1973.

Click on a decade and take a stroll through the Royal Archives to get a sense of what it all means to be a King today.

THE 1970’S PUTTING DOWN ROYAL ROOTS

1973 • The Beginning

The first King of Donair opened its doors on Quinpool Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is still there today in the same building!

THE 1980’S PART OF THE COMMUNITY

1983 • The King of Donair Soccer Team

The King of Donair Soccer Team was founded in 1983 by businessmen George Athanasiou, Nick Garonis and Takis Mitropoulos and modeled on the simple premise that hard work, perseverance and commitment brings success.

THE 1990’S PIZZA CORNER AND BEYOND

1990 • King of the Corner

KOD opened on the famous Pizza Corner in Downtown Halifax, feeding wandering hungry bar patrons at ridiculous hours of the night.

1992 • Clayton Park gets a KOD

The Clayton Park KOD location opens, and lunch in Clayton Park becomes way more fun.

1996 • The Amazing KOD Electric Donair Knife

Made in Germany; King of Donair engineered this puppy to carve away at our delicious donair cones in record time. Just squeeze the hose to make it work!

1996 • BBQ, meet Chicken

KOD introduces BBQ Chicken pizza, and the world becomes a better place.

1998 • Crowning Achievement

KOD wins The Coast’s BEST OF HALIFAX Reader’s Choice award for Best Donair.

1998 • Darkside Donairs

On April 1, King of Donair made a trip over to the darkside and opened up a Dartmouth location on Windmill Road.

1999 • Crowning Achievement

KOD wins The Coast’s BEST OF HALIFAX Reader’s Choice award for Best Donair. Again.

THE 2000’S EXPANSION OF A LOCAL LEGEND

2000 • Crowning Achievement

KOD wins The Coast’s BEST OF HALIFAX Reader’s Choice award for Best Donair. Yet again.

2001 • King of Donair Men’s Soccer

The King of Donair men’s soccer team became the first Nova Scotia club to win a National club championship at any level.  They took the National Club Championship title by defeating British Columbia’s Victoria Gorge FC in the Championship game in Toronto by a score of 4-1.

2001 • Let’s get saucy, Sackville.

On August 1, King of Donair graced Sack Vegas with a location on Sackville Drive.

2002 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Seeing a theme, here?

2003 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Still got it, baby.

2004 • Hangin’ with the Boys

On April 11, King of Donair first appears in Season 4, Episode 2 of the Trailer Park Boys – “Man’s Gotta Eat”. You should Netflix that, it’s basically a Canadian heritage moment.

2006 • Crowning Achievement

  • Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Mmmm… beefy.

2007 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Awww, shucks, Halifax!

2008 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Well, what can we say? It’s what we do.

2009 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. This time we blushed.

THE 2010’S THE CROWN HEADS WEST!

2010 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Because donair is love. We felt it.

2012 • Hall of famers!

On November 3, the King of Donair men’s soccer team was inducted to the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame.

2013 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Golly, we’re getting pretty good at this donair stuff.

2014 • Crowning Achievement

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. Guess we’re called ‘king’ for a reason?

2014 • Donair eggrolls

KOD introduces our made-in-house donair eggrolls in a crispy golden pastry shell. Bite-sized donair goodness! You could keep them in your pockets for later. Y’know, if… if you wanted to…

2015 • THE OFFICIAL FOOD OF HALIFAX

The people have spoken! In early December 2015, Halifax City Council made the city’s love affair with donair official – donair becomes the official food of Halifax. The citizens rejoiced and ordered extra donair sauce.

2015 • CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. We think you’re the best of Halifax for still reading these.

2016 • CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Well, that’s it. They retired us from the competition, giving King of Donair a special place in The Coast’s Reader’s Choice Hall of Fame. Our final year as Winner of the Coast’s Best of Halifax, Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Donair. It’s good to be king.

2016 • KOD in Moose Country

The King sets up shop in downtown Halifax at the Scotiabank Centre to feed hungry hockey fans and event-goers of all kinds. Go Mooseheads!

2016 • THE CALGARY POP-UP SHOP

KOD opened a pop-up shop at Meraki Supply Co. in Kensington on March 4 that was part fundraiser and part scouting mission to gauge demand for the iconic meal in Calgary. Hundreds of people attended the pop-up shop, which raised $4,901.65 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Calgarians were exceedingly generous with their money — one person donated $1,000 for seven donairs.

 

2016 • National Donair Day Becomes a Thing

That’s right, December 8 becomes the official National Donair Day, starting in 2016. It’s a good idea to celebrate by eating donairs.

2017 • All Eyes on the Donair Cam

A 24/7 live feed of a rotating donair cone is set up at the KOD Quinpool Road location. Why? Because Donair.

2017 • First Annual Donair Eating Contest

Nathan Richard takes the crown at the first annual Donair Eating Contest held at the KOD Quinpool Road location.

2018 • Alberta Bound

The Edmonton branch of King of Donair opens its doors to hungry locals and Maritimers far from home.

2018 • Grand Eats in Grande Prairie

KOD opens up shop in Grande Prairie Alberta, spreading the donair joy across Canada.

2018 • Second Annual Donair Eating Contest

Nathan Richard defends his crown, eating a Supreme Donair in 2 minutes and 10 seconds!

2018 • First Annual Pizza Eating Contest

Joel Hansen was crowned the victor at our first Pizza Eating contest, earning himself a cool $1000 cash prize. The event also raised money in support of Shinerama!

2018 • Don-Air Takes Flight

The KOD Don Air advertising campaign his the airwaves… (but not actually the air!) flydonair.com

2019 • TACO TUESDAY, MUCHACHO!

KOD redefines the Taco with the introduction of KOD Taco Tuesday; Lettuce • Cheese • Tomato • Donair Meat • Donair Sauce • Happiness.

2019 • Helloooooo Sherwood Park!

In May 2019, King of Donair continues their Westward Alberta expansion opening a brand spankin’ new location in Sherwood Park, Edmonton!

2019 • COMING SASKA-SOON TO SASKATOON!

King of Donair will soon be opening their inaugural Saskatchewanian location, which is a fun sentence on so many levels. More info on this delicious new KOD branch coming soon!

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