In 1988, Bob and Julie Dobski, along with their four children, moved to Bloomington-Normal as the owners of several area McDonald’s restaurants. Since then, Bob and Julie have become pillars of the community, having made numerous charitable donations in addition to volunteering, and serving as members of many committees, boards, and organizations. In 2013, they were named Philanthropists of the Year by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.
The Dobskis opened their first McDonald’s franchise in 1982 in Farmington, Missouri. In 2017, they retired from the McDonald’s franchises in Bloomington, Normal, McLean, and Gibson City. However, feeding Central Illinois is not the only impact the dynamic duo has made on the community.
In 2004, the Dobskis opened their first Little Jewels Learning Center, spearheaded by Julie. Little Jewels is a child development center dedicated to providing family-orientated child care in Bloomington-Normal. There are now three locations open in Bloomington-Normal, providing a place for families to feel connected and children to grow, learn, and experience opportunities to help make the world a better place.
They have given much of their time, effort, and resources to these two companies; however, they managed to still support the community that supports their businesses. Both have served as President of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce. Bob is a Trustee at Illinois State University while Julie serves as a Trustee at Holy Trinity Church. As a result of their contributions to their community, they were each honored with the McDonald’s People Award and the McDonald’s Ronald Award, two of the highest honors bestowed by the organization.
Since moving to Bloomington-Normal, Julie and Bob have started a local amateur theatre group called the One Nighters II. The Dobskis and friends started serving meals once a month at the Salvation Army Safe Harbor and both have been performing in the Holiday Spectacular and the Nutcracker for many years.
Julie and Bob have received numerous local honors including Large Business of the Year and the prestigious Boy Scout Award.
They contribute much of their success to the support system around them including friends, family, and of course the wonderful employees that have helped establish their businesses over the years.
The Dobski’s are exciting to continue serving the community and invite you to dine at Rob Dob’s Restaurant & Bar.