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Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 10:24 a.m.

Zingerman's and Domino's: What is the origin of these company names?

By Lizzy Alfs


Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig originally planned to name their Ann Arbor deli Greenberg's Delicatessen.

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How did Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig brainstorm the name Zingerman’s for their now-iconic Ann Arbor deli?

Turns out, it’s the result of a last minute switch from the restaurant’s original name: Greenberg’s Delicatessen.

The pair — who opened Zingerman’s Deli on Detroit Street in 1982 — wanted to name their business Greenberg’s after Hannah Greenberg, a regular customer at the fish market Saginaw owned, an MLive report says.

But Saginaw and Weinzweig had to change the deli’s name a few days before opening after a Farmington Hills business owner named Greenberg said they couldn’t use his name.


Domino's was founded in Ypsilanti in 1960.

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“We came up with Zingerman’s; it sounded zingy and fun,” Saginaw told MLive.

Ann Arbor Township-based Domino’s Pizza was founded in 1960 when Tom Monaghan and his brother, James, bought Domi-Nick’s pizzeria in Ypsilanti for $500. When Dominick wanted the name back, an employee came up with Domino’s.

The company’s three-dot domino logo represents the company’s first three stores.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

I wonder if the name Greenberg was copyrighted which would lead them to not being able to use this name. I do know that Dominoes Sugar and Dominoes Pizza had a major court over this name. The pizza won because it would mess people up thinking that they were eating sugar laced pizza. Which I wonder sometimes because I hate Dominoes pizza. We don't do Zingermans because of price. Besides we have a great mom and pop shop in Ypsi that makes better sandwiches then Zingermans.


Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Okay - but how did Paul Saginaw come by his "city" name, which I believe was originally from Native American sources?

Honest Abe

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 9:05 p.m.

Which is it A2.Com? Is it 'Geenberg" or "Greenberg". This why most readers think A2.Com is amateur at best.

Lizzy Alfs

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

Greenberg. Thanks.

Linda Peck

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 7:39 p.m.

I was hoping to get the history of this deli before it was Zingerman's, because I remember getting fabulous food from there in 1961. It was a wonderful deli! I can still remember the bagels and lox on Sunday mornings from there.

Kellie Woodhouse

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

Hmm, wonder if that Farmington Hills business owner regrets his decision. The randomness of these decisions is pretty interesting and a little surprising.