Happy Joe’s at a Glance

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlors are the Midwest’s gift from “Happy Joe” Whitty, a trained baker from Minot, North Dakota, who founded the iconic Happy Place concept.

Happy Joe opened the first location in the Village of East Davenport on November 16, 1972. The combination of innovative products, friendly service, and a family-friendly, fun atmosphere proved to be a huge success for Joe and our Happy Joe’s franchisees.

Since then, Happy Joe's still continually researches and develops new and innovative food concepts that provide uniquely delicious, family-friendly food offerings, particularly pizza. Our goal is to ensure we always have Best-in-Class products available to successfully satisfy our ever-inquisitive guests always evolving taste profiles and to provide our business-minded franchise owners a competitive advantage.

States Where We Are Established

Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota & Wisconsin.

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Different Concepts to Choose From

Full-Size Restaurant, Delivery/Carryout, PIZZAGRILLE.

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Core Products

Pizza, pasta, calzones, sandwiches, salads, ice cream, appetizers, beer, wine, soft drinks.

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Community-Based Programs

Scholarships, reading programs, fundraising, special-needs children’s parties and Business to Business programs.

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Dine In, Carryout, Pick-up Window and Delivery.


Birthday Parties, Catering, and Special Events.


Family Fun Centers (For Full-size units only).

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