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Status: Delegated
country: International
Registry: Donuts
Registry Backend: Donuts
Type: Generic
Category: Food & Drink
Priority #: 491 - Uniregistry, Corp.
1313 - Famous Four Media (dot Restaurant Limited)
1373 - Donuts (Snow Avenue, LLC)
1423 - Top Level Domain Holdings
Registrations: 7,777
Parked Domains: 4,482
Parked Domain %: 57.63 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 08 August 2014
General Availability: 12 November 2014

More Information: 1}}

.restaurant is a GTLD that was proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. After a Private auction in June 2014, Donuts became the only applicant for the string. It was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 8th August 2014.[1]

Successful Applicant

  1. Donuts ((Snow Avenue, LLC), applied for 307 new TLDs. This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.

Previous Applicants

  1. Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., It is one of 68 applications that Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. has filed for on its own behalf.[2] This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  2. Uniregistry, Corp., Domainer Frank Schilling's company applied for 54 new TLDs.
  3. Famous Four Media (dot Restaurant Limited), applied for 61 TLDs.

Private Auction

In June 2014, the contention set was resolved via a private auction that Donuts won for an undisclosed amount. The other 3 applicants withdrew their applications following the result of the auction.[3]

TLDH & $15mm Auction Funding

On February 26 2013, Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. announced that it had entered into a funding agreement worth $15 million to be used in the case of auction for a specific unnamed TLD. The investor will not receive ownership of the TLD but a share of future revenues. TLDH did not name the TLD that the funds are directed for, and it is in 11 head to head contentions and 12 featuring more than one contender.[4]

Contract Signed

On 3rd July 2014, Donuts received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .restaurant after passing the Initial Evaluation.[5]

Delegation and Availability

.restaurant was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 8th August, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[6]


The Registry announced that the Sunrise Period for the string would begin on the 2nd September 2014 and end on the 1st November 2014.[7]


  1. ICANN delegated strings Retrieved 5th December 2014.
  2. gTLD Application Update 92 applications submitted, TLDH.org
  3. Donuts wins .gifts, .sarl, and .restaurant (10 June 2014) Kevin Murphy, DomainIncite; Retrieved 10 June 2014
  4. TLDh Gets 15 Million for A Single Top Level Domain Name Auction, DomainNameWire.com Published and Retrieved 26 Feb 2013
  5. Registry Agreements, ICANN.org Retrieved 05 December 2014
  6. ICANN delegated strings Retrieved 5th December 2014.
  7. TLD Startup Information, ICANN.org Retrieved 5th December 2014