Arby’s

Arby’s

Arby’s was founded in Boardman, Ohio on July 23, 1964, by brothers Forrest and Leroy Raffel, of New Castle, PA. Forrest “Fuzzy” Raffel was a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration…

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A&W All-American Food

A&W All-American Food

Root beer is made of 16 roots and herbs with the most original ingredient being sassafras. The colonists are credited for coming up with the first root beer drink and derived the term from “small…

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In the world of restaurant discounts: What you need to know

In the world of restaurant discounts: What you need to know

Have you ever wondered why some chain restaurants offer kids eat free, or family promotions and the same restaurant across town doesn’t? Why some restaurants may offer military or Veteran discounts while others in the…

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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Before we can talk about the barbecue at Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que and Hof’s Hut, we need to go back to a much simpler time in the 1930s where Dirk and Sjoukje (a Dutch immigrant) Hofman…

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Hooters

Hooters

Regardless of your thoughts on the chain, their story is at least unique. It almost begins as a joke or skit on Saturday Night Live. What happens when you have six businessmen in Florida who…

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Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel

Dan Evins could have probably remained prosperous in his family oil business, but he wanted to serve a different market. Dan turned to the restaurant industry and identified something missing.  He saw the new interstate system…

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Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris

If you don’t know the story of the Ruth behind Ruth’s Chris, you’re simply in for a treat. Ruth Fertel, born in Happy Jack Lousiana, was an amazing woman of strong will and some good…

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Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts

When William Rosenberg opened his Open Kettle restaurant in Quincy, Massachusetts, he had no idea that having coffee and donuts on his menu would change the world. All restaurants have a few menu items that…

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Chuy’s

Chuy’s

Ebony and Ivory was the number one song, Chariots of Fire took the Acadamy Award, and if you were around, you were probably watching Cheers on TV. The year was 1982, and two friends had…

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Abuelo’s

Abuelo’s

To understand the story of Abuelo’s, one of the more upscale Mexican restaurants in our country, you first need to go to back to China where the very young founder, James Young fled to Taiwan…

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CoSchedule

CoSchedule

You need CoSchedule. I know your budget may be very tight, I understand. Find the resources. CoSchedule is a tool you must have if you want to win with content online. This blog post is…

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Our first (and only?) love story… Most of us have had a bad first date. I remember a couple where I knew the chance of a relationship was over before knowing what I was going…

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Schlotzsky’s

Schlotzsky’s

Schlotzsky’s was started by Don and Dolores Dissman in 1971. They should be credited with doing one thing very well. Not many restaurants could pull off a menu with one sandwich but they found a…

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Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain

Part one of a three part trilogy. Au Bon Pain (we’ll tackle the pronunciation later) began in France, now resides in Germany with one American businessman in the center.  The story begins in 1976 when…

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Freebirds World Burrito

Freebirds World Burrito

“Born in California. Raised in Texas” is their slogan. Mark Orfalea originally designed the restaurant around the roasted chicken concept similar to El Pollo Loco and wanted to deliver food to the UC Santa Barbara students.…

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