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…

View Post

Biggby Coffee

Biggby Coffee

The story of Biggby coffee is one of two separate friendships. If you read the company history page, they begin with the second relationship, but there’s a prequel. If you want to know how it…

View Post

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Paul Fleming has undoubtedly come a long way since growing up in Iberia, Louisana.  He attended Loyola University and his first professional experience in the dining industry began as a dishwasher at a local New…

View Post

Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company

The story of Noodles & Company starts in the trendy Greenwich Village in New York City when a 33-year-old brand manager for Pepsi stopped in Mamie’s Asian Noodle Shop for a bite to eat. Arron Kennedy was…

View Post

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q

It is difficult to open a successful restaurant today, but it was undoubtedly as tricky or more in 1950 when Bill Miller took a $500 investment (loan) from his dad and opened his first business.…

View Post

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Moe’s Southwest Grill

After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Martin Sprock was only in his late 20’s when he started the popular smoothie chain, Planet Smoothie in 1995. After five successful years of the smoothie business…

View Post

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…

View Post

Bruster’s Ice Cream

Bruster’s Ice Cream

In the 1950’s, just outside Pittsburg, PA,  the small town of Bridgewater had a diner called Jerry’s Curb Service where Bruce Reed worked. He probably wasn’t given a choice considering his parents owned it. It…

View Post

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…

View Post

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…

View Post