Thunderdome Restaurant Group


Thunderdome Restaurant Group was created with a simple vision: create memorable guest experiences and positively impact our teams and our guests every single day. Currently Thunderdome has 6 concepts in its portfolio with over 30 locations nationwide.

While Thunderdome Restaurant Group was officially founded in 2012, its roots go much deeper. Joe Lanni, John Lanni, and Alex Blust, the founders of Thunderdome, have spent their whole lives working within the restaurant business. After working for restaurant groups in Boston and Chicago, Joe and John took off on their own in 2005. Currito was born out of their collaboration, and the brand successfully grew to 12 locations by 2011. Right around then, Alex reunited with the brothers Lanni, having worked together 10 years prior. With their experience and expertise, the idea of opening a restaurant quickly formed. After months of planning and scouting locations, they decided Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati had promise. And in February 2012, Bakersfield opened. Focusing on tacos, tequila, and whiskey, the concept took off, and a second location in Indianapolis quickly followed. With the addition of the Bakersfield concept, the existing Currito locations, and a deep passion for unbeatable service, Thunderdome Restaurant Group was born.