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Culver’s

Culver's Back of the Menu

Culver’s (pc-gulfcoastnewstoday.com)

The restaurant business was in the genes of Craig Culver when he was born. His parents, George and Ruth, had owned three restaurants, one of which Craig turned into the first Culver’s in 1984 after managing a local McDonalds for two years. Craig renamed and rebranded hs parents A&W Rootbeer into the first Culver’s Frozen Custard and Butter Burgers in Sauk City, Wisconsin. It was a good move for him and a great decision for us who are fortunate to have their stores in our cities.

 

General Restaurant Information

Food Type: Hamburgers

Restaurant Type: Fast Food

U.S. Locations: 605

States: 24 states, Culver’s Locations

Company Slogan: Welcome to Delicious

 

Contact Information

Website: culvers.com

Questions: Contact Information

Phone number: 608-643-7980

Email: Contact Form Only

Blog: Culver’s Blog

FAQ Page: No

 

Ownership

Who Owns Culver’s? Culver’s Franchising System

Headquartered: Prairie du Sac, WI

Contact Information: 

Website: culvers.com/franchise

Email/contact page: Contact Information

Phone: 833-224-7670

Address: 1240 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578

Do They Franchise? Franchise Information

 

What Is It Like To Work At Culver’s?

Employment Page

3.7/5 or 74%; 2,000 Reviews (indeed.com)

3.7/5, or 74%; 722 Reviews (glassdoor.com)

 

First Culver's Restaurant Back of the Menu

The original restaurant is located at 716 Phillips Blvd, Sauk City, Wisconsin (photo credit: ibmadison.com

The History of Culver’s

Original Location: 716 Phillips Blvd, Sauk City, Wisconsin

Founded: July 18, 1984

Founded By: Craig and Lea Culver

Biography Articles:

The Mom And Pop’ Family Values A Key Part Of The Restaurant Chain (host.madison.com)

Just Do The Right Thing (biztimes.com)

My name is Curt, not Craig’: Culver brothers retire together (bizjournals.com)

Sauk Prairie couple has spent 30 years together (wiscnews.com)

Founder Obituary: Still Living

Name Origin: Last name of the founder, Craig Culver

History Page: Company History Page

Current View of Original Location: 716 Phillips Blvd as it is today (link may not work on mobile devices without Google Maps)

Historical Articles: 

Our Story (culvers.com)

Culver Franchising System, Inc. (company-histories.com)

 

Social Awareness

Charity Focus: Employee Scholarships

Green | Eco-Friendly: Sustainability

Animal Cruelty: No resources found

 

Discounts At Culver’s

Rewards Program: Reward Program 

Do Kids Eat Free?

What day do kids eat free? Daily, kind of.

SummaryAt participating locations, kids 12 and under get a free custard with the purchase of a kids meal. 

Do They Offer Military Discounts?

SummaryParticipating locations (you should always find out ahead of time) offer a military discount as well as parking spots at the restaurant for veterans.

What Do They Offer For My Birthday!?

Summary: Members of the rewards program get a free treat on their birthday.

Does The Chain Offer First Responder Discounts?

Summary: No resources found

Does Culver’s Offer Senior Citizen | AARP Discounts?

Summary: Participating locations offer up to a 10% discount for those 60+ (call and find out if your store participates)

Are There Any Other Discounts or Benefits?

Summary: The butter burger chain offers Delicious Perks rewards program which has many perks available. To see what they are currently offering for discounts and promotions, check their reward page, Delicious Perks

 

Culver's Food Back of the Menu

The butter burger and cheese curds (pc-culvers.com)

Amenities

Order Online: No

WiFi Available: Yes

Use Apple Pay: No  

Reservations: No  

Catering: No  

Drive-Thru: Yes 

Open 24 Hours: No  

 

Customer Reviews of Culver’s

Yelp: 3.9/5 or 77%, 624 reviews sampled

Tripadvisor: 4.2/5 or 84%, 761 reviews sampled

Overall (weighted) Average: 4.05/5 or 81%, 1,385 reviews sampled

 

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Food & Nutrition

Menu: Culver’s Menu

Kids Menu: Kids Menu

Secret Menu:  No resources found

Most Popular Menu Item: Delux & North Atlantic Cod Dinner

Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi

Serve Alcohol: No

Nutritional Information: Nutrition Guide

Vegetarian | Vegan Options: 

145 Vegan Chain Restaurant Menus Every Vegan Needs to Know (urbantastebud.com)

Best Vegetarian Chain Restaurants: Midwest Fast-Food Edition (delishably.com)

Farm to Table | Organic Options | Clean | Non-GMO: 

Behind Every Bite (culvers.com)

Sustainability: The First Step in Fresh Flavor is a Healthy Environment (culvers.com)

Miscellaneous Nutrition Resources: 

Best & Worst Burger (eatthis.com)

It Starts Here: A Day On The Dairy Farm (culvers.com)

How to Eat Healthy (healthyliving.azcentral.com)

Nutritional Information (fatsecret.com) (fastfoodmenunutrition.com) (fastfoodnutrition.org) (nutrition-charts.com)

Allergy Information

Allergen Information: Allergen Guide

Gluten Free Options: 

Gluten Free Bun & Comments on Gluten at Culvers (culvers.com)

What to Eat If You’re Gluten-Free (spoonuniversity.com)

Dairy Free Options: 

Dairy Free Options (godairyfree.org)

Restaurant Guide For Dairy-Free Dining (godairyfree.org)

Peanut Free Options: 

Peanut & Allergy Information (culvers.com)

Food Allergy Guides For Many Chain Restaurants (verywellhealth.com)

Ways to Eliminate Risks of Peanut Allergy When Dining Out (healthguidance.org)

 

Culver's Interior Back of the Menu

Culver’s (pc-lakenonasocial.com)

Does Culver’s Have Any Secret Recipes?

Secret Recipes:  

Butter Burgers (copykat.com), (foodnetwork.com), (blogchef.net)

23 Culver’s Copycat Recipes (tasteofhome.com)

 

 

Did You Know?

Fun Facts: 

Hardees was their first big competitor (source)

The concept of butter burgers came from Craig’s mom, Ruth (source)

They are extremely generous. One example was when the franchise owner of a Platteville, WI paid his employees salaries out of his own pocket after the restaurant had caught fire. You can catch the video below. (source)

They have over 80 flavors of frozen custard (source)

Interesting Articles:

10 Things You Didn’t Know (thrillist.com)

A Dozen Dairy-Filled Facts (mentalfloss.com)

30 Years, the Frozen Custard and ButterBurger Chain (eater.com)

Roark Capital buys a stake (nrn.com)

CEO Phil Keiser dies (nrn.com)

Commercial targets Millennial mothers (nrn.com)

Not everything delivers: Saying no to delivery (nrn.com)

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Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling
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Weston Hamburger Patty Paper
Weston Hamburger Patty Paper
Electric Meat Grinder
Electric Meat Grinder
Gourmia Electric Meat Grinder
Gourmia Electric Meat Grinder
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers
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Weber’s Big Book of Burgers
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Drinkmate Beverage Carbonation Maker
Drinkmate Beverage Carbonation Maker
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
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In Defense of Food
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side Of The All-American Meal
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New Star Foodservice Commercial Grade French Fry Cutter
New Star Foodservice Commercial Grade French Fry Cutter
Weston Restaurant Quality French Fry Cutter
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The Pampered Chef Mix N Chop
The Pampered Chef Mix N Chop
Weston Burger Express Hamburger Press with Patty Ejector
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Weber Gourmet Burger Seasoning – 2 Pack
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Hamburger America
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The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers
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GWHOLE Non-Stick Burger Press Aluminum Hamburger Patty Maker
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Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Skillet
Hamilton Beach Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Searing Grill
Hamilton Beach Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Searing Grill
Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press and Recipe eBook
Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press and Recipe eBook
Great American Burger Book
Great American Burger Book

 

Social Media

Followers (as of September 2018) –  

Facebook: 2,203,147

Twitter: 40,000

Instagram: 54,600

Mobile Apps

Alternatives

Better Options: Coming Soon

Similar Restaurants: 

In-n-Out

Red Robin

Steak ‘n Shake

White Castle

 

In Summary

What a breath of fresh air Culver’s is. What is it about some restaurants (or companies) that have something special that you can feel when you walk in.  Most all (chain) restaurants have that blah feeling. Your only hope is for good food, maybe a good experience and keep your expectations low. But, some restaurants raise the bar, and you know that any time you visit, you’re going to most likely have a great experience with good or excellent food. So much of it is the culture the restaurant breeds, and you can feel the difference in the employees that work there. There is a sense of happiness and joy even in the midst of working in a difficult restaurant environment.  They and the few others raise the expectations you have when you go out to eat, and after realizing you can’t get that level of quality and service at most chains, you return again and again to the few that do so well.

 

 

 

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