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Restaurant Franchise Timeline
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Dacy Nottingham

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1910's

 

 


 

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1910    
1911    
1912    
1913    
1914    
1915    
1916 1916- Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, Nathan Handwerker, Coney Island, NY 1916 - Nathan's begins serving Coca Cola.  Today, Nathan's holds the distinction of being Coca Cola's longest chain customer.
1917    
1918    
1919   1919 - Roy Allen (A&W) starts selling Rootbeer 

 

 

1920's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1920 Orange Julius, Julius Freed, CA
1921 White Castle Hamburgers, Wichita Kansas
1922 A&W started, Roy Allen & Frank Wright, CA
1923
1924
1925
1926 Pizzeria Regina, Anthony Polcari, Boston, MA
1927
1928
1929 Karmelkorn, WY
 

 

 

1930's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1930    
1931    
1932    
1933    
1934    
1935    
1936 Carvel Ice Cream, Tom Carvel, New York, NY  
1937 Krispy Kreme, Vernon Rudolph, Salem NC  
1938 Big Boy, Bob Wian, Glendale, CA  
1939    

 

 

1940's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1940
 
Dairy Queen, Grampa McCullough, Joliet, IL
1941
 
Carls hot dog stand, Carl Karcher, South Central LA, CA
1942
 
1943
 
1944
 
Baskin Robbins, Bert Baskin, Irv Robbins,  1944 - Marie Callendar sells her pies to restaurants
1945
 
1945 - Carls Full Service Restaurant, Anaheim, CA
1946
 
1947
 
Shoneys Big Boy, Alex Schownbaum, Charleston, WV
Bell’s Burgers, Glen Bell, San Bernardino, CA
1948
 
McDonalds, Maurice & Dick McDonald, San BerdooCA
In-N-Out, Harry Snyder, Baldwin Park, CA
Marie Callendar's Bakery, CA, Callendar Family
Winchell's Donuts, Verne Winchell, Temple City CA
Coco's, John McIntosh, Corona del Mar, CA
1949
 
Bob's Big Boy, Scott MacDonald & Ward Albert, Burbank, CA
 

 

 

1950's

 
  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1950
 
Whataburger, Harmon Dobson, Corpus Christi, TX
Dunkin Donuts, Bill Rosenberg
1950 - Carls Jr., Anaheim, CA
1951
 
Jack in the Box, Robert Peterson, CA
Bakers, Neal Baker, Rialto, CA
 
1952
 
KFC, Colonel Sanders, Corbin, KY
Churchs Chicken, George Church, San Antonio, TX
Fatburger, Lovie Yancey, Los Angeles, CA
1952 - Carls Jr. puts a star on their signposts
1953
 
Danny's Donuts, Harold Butler, Lakewood, CA  
1954
 
Burger King, James Mclomore/Dave Edgerton, MiamiFL
El Torito, Larry Cano, Encino, CA
Taco Tia, Glen Bell, San Bernardino, CA
Polcaris,
1954 - Danny's Donuts Changes to Danny's Coffee Shop
1955
 
  1955 - McDonalds is purchased by Ray Crock, Headquarters moved to Des Plaines, IL
1955 - Glen Bell gets divorces, wife gets Bell’s Burgers
1955 - Nathan's Famous Hot Dog's Opens it's 2nd Location
1956
 
El Taco, Glen Bell, Long Beach, CA
Burger Chef, Frank and Donald Thomas, Indianapolis, IN
 
1957
 
   
1958
 
IHOP, Al Lapin, Toluca Lake, CA
Sizzler, Culver City, CA
Pizza Hut, Wichita, KS
Sbarro, Gennaro Sbarro, Brooklyn, NY
Village Inn, Merton "Andy" Anderson and Jim Mola, Denver Colorado
1958 - Burger Chef opens first official Restaurant at 1300 W. 16th St in Indianapolis - 7 more followed this same year
1959
 
Little Caesars, Garden City, Mich
Round Table Pizza, William Larson, Menlo Park, CA
Taco Time, Ron Fraedrick, Eugene, Oregon
1959 - Danny's Coffee Shop changes to Denny's

 

 

1960's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1960
 
Domino’s Pizza, Tom/James Monaghan, Ypsilanti, MI
Hardees, Wilber Hardee, NC
1961
 
Wienerschnitzel, John Galardi, Long Beach, CA 1961 - James Monaghan trades his half of Domino’s Pizza  to brother Tom for a Volkswagen Beetle
1961 - First Village Inn Franchise Opens
1962
 
Taco Bell, Glen Bell, Downey, CA
1963
 
1964
 
Arby's, Raffel Bros "RB", Youngstown, OH
Blimpie, Tony Conza, Hoboken, NJ
Del Taco, Ed Hackbarth, Yermo, CA (Del Taco Website claims Barstow)
1964 - Marie Callendars opens 1st full restaurant.
1964 - John Brown & investors purchase KFC for $2 Million
1965
 
H Salt, Haddon Salt, Sauslito, CA 
TGI Fridays, Alan Stillman, NYC, NY
1965 - McDonalds goes public
1965 - Nathans Famous HotDogs opens its 3rd Location
1966
 
  1966 - KFC & Denny's goes public
1967
 
Taco Bill, Queensland, Austrailia
Steer 'n Stein, Huntington Beach, CA
Chickfila, S. Truett Cathy, Atlanta, GA
Minnie Pearl / Mahalia Jackson Chicken, John Jay and Henry Hooker, Tennessee
1967 - The Big Mac was developed to feed hungry  construction workers in Pittsburgh
1968
 
Red Lobster, Bill Darden, Lakeland, FL 1968 - Foodmaker Inc. (Jack in the Box) bought by Ralston Purina Co
1968 - J. Peter Grace Company purchases Coco's
1968 - Burger Chef is sold to General Foods for $20 million
1969
 
Wendy’s, Dave Thomas, Columbus, OH
Red Robin, Seattle, WA
Taco Johns, Juan, Cheyenne, WY
Long John Silvers
Old Spaghetti Factory, Gus Dussin, Portland OR
1969 - The 1000th Burger Chef Opens

 

 

1970's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1970
 
Naugles, Dick Naugle, Riverside, CA
Carrows, David Nancarrow, Santa Clara CA
1970 - General Mills acquires Red Lobster
1970 - Nathan's Famous Hot Dog's goes public and opens restaurant #4
1970 - Ronald Reagan (Governor of California) passed the first Franchise Law
1971
 
Schlotzskys, Austin, TX
Togo’s, Micheal Cobler, San Jose, CA
Starbucks, Seattle WA
Angelo's and Vinci's, Fullerton, CA
1971- Heublein Inc. purchases KFC for $285 Million
1971 - Harold Butler purchases Naugles
1972
 
Popeyes, Al Copeland, New Orleans, LA
The Cheesecake Factory, David Overton, Los Angeles, CA
Gladstone's 4-Fish, Robert Morris, Malibu, CA
Mrs. C's Restaruant, Des Moines, IA (To become Poppin' Fresh Pies/Bakers Square)
1972 - Pizza Hut goes public with 1000 stores
1972 - Shoneys drops the name big boy from its name
1973
 
Godfathers Pizza, Omaha NB
Miguels Restaurant, Mike & Mary Vasquez, Corona, CA
1973 - The Egg McMuffin was developed
1974
 
Subway, Fred DeLuca,
Quaker Steak & Lube, George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros, Sharon, PA
 
1975
 
Chili's, Dallas Texas
El Pollo Loco, Juan Francisco, Guasave, Mexico
Miguels Jr, Mike & Mary Vasquez, Corona, CA
1975 - 100th Carls Jr. Opened
1975 - Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs acquires Wetson Hamberger Chain and it's 70 units in NY
1976
 
  1976 - Wendy’s goes public
1977
 
  1977 - Pizza Hut merges into PepsiCo
1978
 
Chuck E. Cheese’s
Ben & Jerry's, Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, Burlingon, VT
1978 - PepsiCo purchases Taco Bell
1979
 
House of Donuts, CA
Yoshinoya, Los Angeles
 
 

 

 

1980's
  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1980
 
1980 - Applebees, Bill Palmer, Atlanta, GA
1980 - Fuddruckers, Phil Romano, San Antonio Texas
1980 - El pollo loco opened in US (Los Angeles) 85 in Mexico
1980 - Ben & Jerry's starts selling Ice Cream to Groceries.
1981
 
1981 - TCBY, Frank Hickingbotham, Littlerock, AK
1981 - Farmerboys, Havadjias brothers, Riverside, CA
1981 - Buffalo Wild Wings, Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery, Kent, Ohio
1981 - CKE goes public (Carl’s Jr.)
1981 - Ben & Jerry's open first franchise
1982
 
1982 - Olive Garden, Blain Sweatt (General Mills), Orlando, FL
1982 - Islands, Tony DeGrazier, West Lost Angeles, CA
1982 - Ruby's Diner, Doug Cavanaugh and Ralph Kosmides, Balboa, CA
1982 - RJ Reynolds get KFC in buy out of Heublein Inc.
1982 - Applebee's sold to WR Grace & Co
1982 - Gladstone's 4-fish moves to new location in Pacific Palisades
1982 - General Foods sells Burger Chef to Hardee's.  Many converted to Hardee's
1983
 
1983 - Quizno’s, Denver, CO
1983 - Papajohns Pizza, John Schnatter, IN
1983 - Rubios, Ralph Rubio, San Diego, CA
1983 - Bruegger's Bagels, Burlington, Vermont
1983 - Panda Express, Andrew Cherng
1983 - Hooters, Clearwater, FL
1983 - Miami Subs, Gus Boulis, Key West, FL
1983- Denny's Purchases El Pollo Loco
1983- VICORP Restaurants purchases Mrs. C's/Poppin Fresh Pies and started Bakers Square
1984
 
1984 - Juan Pollo, Armando Parra,
1984 - Hooker Hamburgers, John Jay Hooker
1984 - Shultz pushes owners to open 2nd Starbucks
1984 - Gladstone's is purchased by W.R. Grace in 1985
1984 - Carls Jr franchises for the first time
1984 - Ben & Jerry's Goes Public
1985
 
1985 - El Torito Grill, El Torito, CA
1985 - Boston Chicken, Newton MA
1985 - California Pizza Kitchen, Rick Rosenfield & Larry Flax, Beverly Hills, CA
1985 - Shultz leaves StarBucks to open Il giornale coffee
1985 - Harold Butler Sells Naugles to Collins Food International
1986
 
1986 - Carrabba's Italian Grill, Johnny Carrabba & Damian Mandola, Houston TX 1986 - IDQ buys KarmelKorn & Orange Julious in 1987
1986 - PepsiCo purchases KFC for $840 Million
1986 - Pizza Hut opens store # 5000
1986 - Hooker Hamburgers sold
1987
 
1987 - Manhattan Bagel, Dunellen, NJ
1987 - 5 and Diner, Ken Higginbotham, Phoenix AZ
1987 - John Wooley bought Schlotzsky's
1987 - Shultz buys starbucks coffee opens 17 stores
1987 - Denny's bought by Advantica Group
1987 - Foodmaker Inc goes public (Jack in the Box)
1987 - Restaurant Enterprises Group Purchases Coco's
1988
 
1988 - Cold Stone Creamery, Donald Sutherland, Scottsdale, AZ
1988 - Koo Koo Roo, Los Angeles
1988 - Outback Steakhouse, Tampa FL
1988 - Roy's, Roy Yamaguchi, Honolulu, HI
1988 - Naugles merges back in with Del Taco
1988 - Applebees bought by franchisee starts Ap. Int.
1989
 
1989 - Market Broiler, Riverside, CA
1989 - Hogi Yogi, Mike Clayton, Logan, UT
1989 - Jose's Taco Shop, Jose Jara, Glen Avon, CA
1989 - Domino’s opens store # 5000

 

 

1990's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
1990
 
1990 - Baja Fresh, Jim Magglos, Newbury Park, CA
1990 - Juice Club, Kirk Perron, San Luis Opispo, CA (Jamba Juice)
1990 - Robert Morris forms Sea View Rest. and buys back Gladstone's 4-Fish.
1991
 
1991 - Kenny Rogers Roasters
1991 - Pat & Oscar's, Oscar & Pat Sarkisian, San Diego, CA
1991 - Pretzelvania, Jeffrey Trip, Layton UT (Pretzelmaker)
1991 - Logan's Roadhouse, Nashville, TN
 
1992
 
  1992 - AFC buys Popeyes
1992 - Starbucks goes public
1992 - Pretzelvania changes name to Pretzelmaker
1992 - The Cheesecake Factory goes public
1992 - Restaurant Enterprises Group Purchases 160 Bob's Big Boy Locations
1992 - Gladstones opens at Universal Citywalk
1993
 
1993 - Juice Stop
1993 - PF Changs China Bistro

1993 - New World Coffee, Manhattan, NY
1993 - Texas Roadhouse, Kent Taylor, Clarksville, IN
1993 - Roadhouse Grill, Pembroke Pines, FL
1993 - Outback Steakhouse partners and eventually acquires Carrabba's Italian Grill
1994
 
1994 - Juice it up, Brea, CA 1994 - Family Restaurants purchases Coco's.
1994 - CKE restaurnats, Inc begins dual branding effort with Green Burrito
1995
 
1995 - Zuka Juice, Dave Duffin, Provo, UT
1995 - Teriyaki Stix, Mike and Rick Clayton, Provo, UT
1995 - GeneralMills spins off restaurants- Darden Rest Inc.
1995 - Boston chicken changes name to Boston market
1995 - Juice Club changes name to Jamba Juice
1996
 
  1996 - Atvantica purchases Coco's and Carrows.
1996 - CKE Restaurants, Inc purchases the Taco Bueno Chain
1996 - New World Restaurant Group purchased Willoughby's Coffee & Tes
1996 - The last known Burger Chef was closed in Cookville, TN  Carls Jr owns the rights to the name until 2006
1997
 
  1997 - Juice Club changes name to Jamba Juice
1997 - Hogi Yogi Starts serving Smoothies
1997 - PepsiCo spins off all quick service restaurants and creates TRICON Global Restaurants
1997 - Wendy’s opens store # 5000
1997 - Rubios Fish Tacos becomes Rubios Baja Grill
1998
 
1998 - ETX, El Torito, Pasadena, CA
1998 - Flemings Steakhouse, Paul Fleming and William Allen III, Newport Beach  CA
 
1998 - Prandium Inc buys El Torito, Koo Koo Roo & Chi'Chi's
1998 - CKE buys Hardee's from Advantica
1998 - Miami Subs partners with Arthur Treacher's Fish and Chips to Co-brand
1998 - PF Changs Goes Public
1998 - Mrs Fields purchases Pretzelmaker
1998 - New World Restaurant Group purchased Manhattan Bagel Company
1999
 
1999 - Biaggi's, Bloomington, IL
1999 - Grand Lux Cafe, The Cheesecake Factory, Las Vegas, NV
1999 - Jamba Juice buys Zuka Juice
1999 - Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs purchases struggling Kenny Rogers Roasters
1999 - Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs purchases Miami Subs

 

 

2000's

  Restaurant First Opened Other Notable Restaurant Dates
2000
 
2000 - Lee Roy Selmons, Outback Steakhouse, Tampa Florida
2000 - Bonefish Grill, Tim Curci & Chris Parker, St. Petersburg, FL
2000 - McDonalds purchases Boston Market
2001
 
  2001 - CKE Restaurants, Inc sells the Taco Burno Chain
2001 - New World Restaurant Group purchased Einstein/Noah Bagels
2001 - VICORP Restaurants (Village Inn/Bakers Square) is purchased thus making is a private company
2002
 
2002 - Mi Tortilla, Jose Jara, Corona, CA
2002 - Cheeseburger In Paradise, Outback Steakhouse, Indianapolis, IN
2002 - CKE Restaurants, Inc purchases the Santa Barbara Restaurant Group acquiring Green Burrito and La Salsa.
2003
 
2003 - Glazies Bakery, Mike and Rick Clayton, Provo, UT  
2004
 
   
2005
 
   
2006
 
   
2007
 
   
2008
 
   
2009
 
   

 

 

Yet to find opening year information on:

Joey Tomato's
Cucina Cucina
Corner bakery cafe
On the Border
Maggiano's
Big Bowl Asian Kitchen
Rockfish Seafood Grill
Macaroni Grill

Green Burrito


Penguins
Humphrey Yogart
Goldmine Yogurt
Golden Spoon
Spoons
Don Jose's
Spikes Teriyaki Bowl

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