Andre’s 5 likes: Restaurants

Andre's 5 likes: Restaurants

There are tons of restaurants in America. One of the oldest restaurants was a little under 200 years ago in Massachusetts called the Union Oyster House, it’s still open till this day. There are tons of different types of restaurants, fast food, chinese, hibachi, mexican, soul food, and my more. Here are the five restaurants I like. 


  1. Applebee’s (1980)


Personally, this is the home of the most delicious cinnamon apples of any restaurants. The Applebee’s chain was founded by Bill and T. J. Palmer in 1980. They opened their first location in Decatur, Georgia, at the time named T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs. They opened a second location outside of Atlanta, Georgia a few years later, and sold the company to W. R. Grace and Company in 1983. In the 1990s, Applebee’s became one of the largest sit-down restaurant chains in the United States, and began trading publicly in November 1991. The Applebee’s concept focuses on casual dining, with mainstream American dishes such as salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, and “riblets”, which is considered Applebee’s signature dish. All Applebee’s restaurants feature a bar area and serve alcoholic beverages. As of March 31, 2019, there were 1,830 restaurants operating system-wide in the United States and 15 other countries, including 69 that are company owned and 1,761 that are franchised.


  1. Chili’s (1975)


Personally this particular restaurant is the reason why I like grilled chicken. Chili’s was founded by Larry Lavine in Texas in 1975 and is currently owned and operated by Brinker International. Chili’s first location, a converted postal station on Greenville Avenue in the Vickery Meadows area of Dallas, Texas. The original Chili’s on Greenville Avenue moved to a new building on the same site in 1981 before relocating again in 2007. Lavine’s concept was to create an informal, full-service dining restaurant with a menu featuring different types of hamburgers offered at an affordable price. The brand proved successful, and by the early 1980s, there were 28 Chili’s locations in the region, all featuring similar Southwest decor. Chili’s serves American food influenced by Tex-Mex cuisine, such as spicy shrimp tacos, bacon burgers, and steak. In addition to their regular menu, the company offers a nutritional menu, allergen menu, and vegetarian menu. It also offers a veggie burger (non-vegan) that is supplied by the Kellogg Company. In 2016, the “Sunrise Burger” (which includes an egg) and the “Ultimate Bacon Burger” were added to the menu. As of 2015, they have 1,580 locations worldwide, including 839 that are company-owned and 741 that are franchised.


  1. Jimmy John’s (1983)


Personally this was the first sandwich restaurant I’ve eaten in. Jimmy John’s is an American franchised sandwich fast food restaurant chain owned by Inspire Brands and specializing in delivery. It was founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. After Jimmy John Liautaud graduated second to last in his class at Elgin Academy , his father gave him the choice to join the military or start a business. Liautaud chose the latter, and his father lent him $25,000 to start a hot dog business, with the son owning 52% of the business, and his father owning 48%. He soon realized that a hot dog business would cost more than he had, so he decided to open a sandwich shop. On January 13, 1983, the first Jimmy John’s opened in a garage in Charleston, Illinois. Paying $200 a month in rent, Liautaud could only afford used equipment consisting of a refrigerator, a chest freezer, an oven, and a meat slicer. In 1988, Liautaud met Jamie Coulter, who would later become the CEO of Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. Coulter mentored Liautaud and “taught him how to effectively run multiple units.” As of March 2017, Jimmy John’s has almost 3,000 stores with plans for expansion up to 5,000 and beyond. Jimmy John’s has 4 bread options including French, 9-Grain, Thick-Sliced Wheat, and Unwich. Jimmy John’s has 17 different sandwiches plus a B.L.T., called the J.J.B.L.T.. The 17 sandwiches may have ham, roast beef, tuna, turkey, salami, capicola, bacon, or provolone cheese or combine 2 or more meats and cheese. Jimmy John’s has five flavors of chips including Regular, BBQ, Jalapeño, Salt and Vinegar, and Thinny. The menu also includes kosher dill pickles as well as triple chunk chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookies. CNNMoney listed Jimmy John’s as one of ten “Great Franchise Bets.” The company estimates that annual sales can be as high as $1.2 million while net profits can average at about $280,000. Real estate start-up costs are estimated to be between $305,000 and $485,500. In March 2017, Jimmy John’s won Franchise Times’ “Deal of the Year” for attracting Roark Capital Group as the company’s new majority owner. FT’s judges called the deal “one of the best private equity deals of all time in the restaurant business.”


  1. Texas Roadhouse (1993)

The restaurant that is the home of the most delicious rolls ever. Texas Roadhouse is an American chain restaurant that specializes in steaks and promotes a Western theme. Texas Roadhouse Corporation is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The chain operates about 563  locations in 49 U.S. states and in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, the Philippines, Mexico, Taiwan, and South Korea. It is known for its free buckets of peanuts at each table along with free dinner bread rolls. Texas Roadhouse was founded on February 17, 1993, at the Green Tree Mall in Clarksville, Indiana; across the Ohio River from Louisville. Founder W. Kent Taylor lived in Colorado and worked at nightclubs and restaurants there, having aspirations to attend a culinary school. Taylor opened Buckhead Hickory Grill, the chain that would eventually become Buckhead Mountain Grill. Taylor was his own executive chef. Brown invested more money and wanted to open a second store in Clarksville, but complications in the partnership caused it to fall apart. Fortunately after struggles to get money to open a new business, Taylor was able to convince Dr. Rhodes and several of his colleagues to invest $100,000 each in 1992. A year later in 1993, the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana opened its doors. In 1994, Taylor sold his shares in Buckhead Mountain Grill to focus solely on Texas Roadhouse. Texas Roadhouse serves American cuisine, including steak, ribs, chicken, and seafood. Their main suppliers are JBS Swift and Smithfield Foods. 


  1. Cookout (1989)

Personally, this was the first restaurant that I ate when I first moved to Gillsville. Cookout is an American privately owned fast food restaurant chain operating in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Maryland. Founded in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989, the chain has since expanded and now has drive-thru restaurants in over 100 cities. The chain itself has grown in size with many locations now spread throughout Virginia. Their menu primarily features grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and North Carolina barbecue. Cook Out was founded by Morris Reaves. He is currently the owner of the company, with his son, Jeremy Reaves, serving as the CEO. As of November 2019, there are 263 locations operating in ten states.