A few years ago, Danielle Dobski was living in Kansas City and working for a law firm, far removed from the McDonald’s restaurants in San Antonio that her parents owned and where she had spent many years working the counters.
But today she is back in the family business helping her parents, Tony and Mary Dobski, open a new McDonald’s restaurant at Loop 410 and Evers Road.
“I was bored stiff (in the other job) and wanted to get back in the business,” Danielle says. So she came back home in 2000 and entered McDonald’s second generation program, earning her certification to become a McDonald’s franchise owner in December 2001.
Today Danielle has a 25 percent ownership in the McDonald’s at Loop 1604 and Bandera Road and is working to grow her equity in the business. The Dobskis own a total of seven McDonald’s restaurants, all in San Antonio. They employ about 250 people and see annual revenues in excess of $10 million.
Danielle, 30, likes to say that she has ketchup in her blood. It’s a characteristic that is common with many second-generation McDonald’s owners.
It’s also true of the Acosta family, which owns 11 McDonald’s restaurants in San Antonio. The parents, Richard and Celia Acosta, have been in the business for 33 years while their children, Carlos Acosta and Celia Jairala, both came on full-time in 1992.