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Tom Dawson points out his ancestors in photos adorning Tonanzios’ walls. Dawson comes from a long line of missionaries and restaurateurs in Callaway County.

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Guthrie Township may only have just over 600 denizens, but that pales in comparison to the number of people who have heard of Tonanzios over the years. Its owner, Tom Dawson, has established locations all throughout the state of Missouri and as far southeast as Florida. Dawson has fed governors and musicians, serving Connie Francis her first slice of pizza.


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