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O’Charley’s

O'Charley's Back of the Menu

O’Charley’s (pc-restaurantnews.com)

How many restaurants are started by a 20 year Marine veteran? I dare say not many. Charley Watkins served his country well. He was a pilot and retired as a Major in the USMC in 1963. A Shakey’s Pizza franchise brought he and his family to Nashville in 1966. Equipped with his wife’s recipes, O’Charley’s was born five years later in 1971 around the Vanderbilt campus on 21st Street in Nashville.

General Restaurant Information

Food Type: American

Restaurant Type: Casual Dining

U.S. Locations: 213

States: 22 states, O’Charley’s Locations

Company Slogan: Good Food, Good Times

 

Contact Information

Website: ocharleys.com

Questions: Contact Information

Phone number: 615-256-8500

Email: Contact Form Only

Blog: O’Charley’s Blog

FAQ Page: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Ownership

Who Owns O’Charley’s? American Blue Ribbon Holdings

Headquartered: Nashville, TN

Contact Information: 

Website: American Blue Ribbon Holdings

Email/contact page: Contact Blue Ribbon Holdings

Phone: (615) 256-8500

Address: 3038 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204

Do They Franchise? Yes

 

What Is It Like To Work At O’Charley’s?

Employment Page

3.7/5 or 74%; 111 Reviews (indeed.com)

3.1/5, or 62%; 141 Reviews (glassdoor.com)

 

The original O'Charley's Back of the Menu

The very firsts O’Charley’s opened in Nashville, TN in 1971 (pc-thedailymeal.com)

The History of O’Charley’s

Original Location: 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 

Founded: 1971

Founded By: Charley Watkins

Founder Obituary: 

Charles Watkins Jr. (ewgrove.com)

Charles Watkins Jr. (legacy.com)

Name Origin: Named after the founder, Charley Watkins

History Page: Company History Page

Current View of Original Location: 21st Avenue South as it is today (link may not work on mobile devices without Google Maps)

Historical Articles: 

O’Charley’s Inc. History (fundinguniverse.com)

 

Social Awareness

Charity Focus: The Folded Flag Foundation

Green | Eco-Friendly: No resources found

Animal Cruelty: No resources found

 

 

Discounts At O’Charley’s

Rewards Program: Reward Program

Do Kids Eat Free at O’Charley’s?

What day do kids eat free? Every Day!

SummaryAt participating locations (always check ahead), the restaurant chain offers kids 10 and under eat free every day all day with the purchase of an adult meal.

Does O’Charley’s Offer Military Discounts?

Summary: Participating locations offer 10% daily as well as a free meal on Veteran’s Day (veteranownedbusiness.com)

What Do They Offer for My Birthday!?

SummaryFree birthday dessert if a member of the rewards program, the O’Club

Do They Offer First Responder Discounts?

Summary: No resources found

Does O’Charley’s Offer Senior Citizen | AARP Discounts?

Summary: At participating locations, seniors 60 and older receive 10% off (after55.com)

Are There Any Other Discounts or Benefits?

SummaryFree pie on Wednesdays with purchase of an entree! When you join their O’Club, you will receive additional benefits and promotions but they don’t list any benefits on their site.

You will be hard-pressed to find a restaurant chain that is as family friendly as this restaurant chain. They do it all. Kids not only eat free there, but they do so daily! Who does that? Some restaurants give active military and veterans 10% off or a free something on Veteran’s Day, they do both AND their charity focus is active military and veteran’s based (see below). Senior citizens aren’t left out either with a 10% discount for those 60 and older. They may not be the healthiest restaurant in town (and they do have healthy choices, you have to be careful), but you won’t find another restaurant that is more family friendly. If you are skipping your diet a day this week, find a location near you on Wednesday, free pie day!

O'Charley's Back of the Menu

O’Charley’s (pc-tripadvisor.com)

Amenities

Order Online: Online Order

WiFi Available: Yes

Use Apple Pay: No 

Reservations: No 

Catering: Catering Menu

Drive-Thru: No 

Open 24 Hours: No  

 

Customer Reviews of O’Charley’s

Yelp: 2.9/5 or 57%, 705 reviews sampled

Tripadvisor: 3.8/5 or 77%, 1,054 reviews sampled

Overall (weighted) Average: 3.44/5 or 69%, 1,759 reviews sampled

 

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Food & Nutrition

Menu:  O’Charley’s Menu

Kids Menu:  O’Charley’s Kids Menu

Secret Menu:  No resources found

Most Popular Menu Item:  Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Famous Chicken Tenders

Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi

Does O’Charley’s Serve Alcohol: Yes

Nutritional Information: O’Charley’s Nutrition Guide

Vegetarian | Vegan Options: Vegan Options at O’Charley’s (veganfoodlover.com)

Farm to Table | Organic Options | Clean | Non-GMO: O’Charley’s FAQ Page (ocharleys.com) 

Miscellaneous Nutrition Resources: 

The 50 Unhealthiest Meals of 2017 (#3) (eatthis.com)

Nutrition Information (livestrong.com), (fatsecret.com)

Healthy Eating at O’Charley’s (trustednatualhealth.com)

What to Order This Week: O’Charley’s (self.com)

Allergy Information

Allergen Information: O’Charley’s Allergen Guide

Gluten Free Options: O’Charley’s Gluten Free Menu (urbantastebud.com)

Dairy Free Options: 

O’Charley’s Dairy Free Options (godairyfree.org)

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

Peanut Free Options: 

O’Charley’s Peanut & Allergy Information (ocharleys.com)

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

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

 

O'Charley's Back of the Menu

O’Charley’s (pc-973thedawg)

Does O’Charley’s Have Any Secret Recipes?

Secret Recipes:  

Baked Potato Soup (copykat.com), (geniuskitchen.com), (thechunkychef.com)

O’Charley’s Recipes (allrestaurantrecipes.com), (ranker.com)

Yeast Rolls Recipe (bigoven.com), (geniuskitchen.com), (thefreshloaf.com)

Chicken Tenders Recipe (cookpad.com)

 

Did You Know?

Fun Facts: 

Charley Watkins owned O’Charley’s from 1971 to 1984 and the restaurant has been owned by many companies since.

When he sold O’Charleys’s in 1984, it was a single store, and he sold it to the former CEO of Shoney’s, David Wachtel who turned it into a chain. (The Daily Meal)

The recipes Charley started with, in the first restaurant came from his wife, Johnnie (The Daily Meal)

They are famous for their pies. You can buy individual slices or whole pies. Oh, and if you visit on Wednesday, the pie (slice) is free!

Interesting Articles:

10 Things You Never Knew (thedailymeal.com)

Revitalization Looks to History to Inspire Its Future (restaurantnews.com)

Investor to buy O’Charley’s for $221M (nrn.com)

Email showdown: O’Charley’s vs. TGI Fridays (content.myemma.com)

To secret angel who paid retirees’ O’Charley’s lunch: ‘Thank you’ (cincinnati.com)

 

O'Charley's & Related Items on Amazon

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
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The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit
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Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails
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The Hungover Cookbook
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The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets
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10″ Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddler and Mixing Spoon with Cocktail Recipes eBook, Muddlers
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OXO SteeL Double Jigger
OXO SteeL Double Jigger
24 Ounce Cocktail Shaker Bar Set Accessories
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1943 75th Birthday Gifts for Women and Men Wine Glass
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Professional Waiter’s Corkscrew by HiCoup
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Secura 4 Pieces Wine Cooler Bucket Set
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The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with 2 Vacuum Stoppers
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The Ultimate Bar Book — The bartender’s bible and a James Beard nominee for the best Wine and Spirit book, 2008
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O’Charley’s Gift Card
O’Charley’s Gift Card
OCharleys Restaurant Honey Mustard Dressing, 32 fl oz
OCharleys Restaurant Honey Mustard Dressing, 32 fl oz

 

Social Media

Followers (as of September 2018) –  

Facebook: 353,430

Twitter: 7,022

Instagram: 3,300

Mobile Apps

Alternatives

Food Type: Applebee’s, Chili’s, TGI Fridays

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For an alphabetical listing of all our restaurants, simply go to our Restaurants Page.

 

In Summary

Good news or bad news first? Let’s get the bad over with so we can enjoy the good. I love the restaurants which are owned by an individual, family or the founder. When the chain is owned by big business, it doesn’t seem as personal. Many (big) companies over the years have owned the restaurant chain. But in a sense, who cares I guess as it relates to your experience in the restaurant, I’m sure it’s just me. More importantly, is the healthy decisions you will need to make when visiting. You can pull off a somewhat healthy meal, but it would be more difficult than some restaurants. Do your homework before you go. On the flip side, the fans do seem to love the taste and quality. Now the good. I don’t know that you can find a restaurant who does everything else as well as they do. I was so impressed by the individual and family benefits they offer. If you are active military or a veteran, your appreciation is even more significant. You may find similar benefits at a local mom and pop restaurant in your town, but good luck finding one in a chain restaurant. In a society where customer service has fallen by the wayside, they deserve a standing ovation.

 

 

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