Many of our famous American restaurants were founded by individuals or married couples. We all know the Colonel Harland Sanders founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. He started serving meals from his gas station in Corbin, Kentucky. The Cheesecake Factory was founded by Oscar and Evelyn Overton. Evelyn Overton originally baked from her kitchen. Applebee’s was founded by Bill and T.J. Palmer. Their first restaurant opened in the 1980s. Red Lobster’s founder, Bill Darden opened his first restaurant at the age of 19. Incredible restaurateurs founded these famous and favorite American restaurants.
The History of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Colonel Harland Sanders founder Kentucky Fried Chicken. KFC is one of the largest restaurant businesses in the world. It is in more than eighty countries globally. In his forties Colonel Sander began cooking for travelers in his gas station. The gas station was located in Corbin, Kentucky. Instead of coming to his gas station for gas they started coming for Colonel Sanders cooked meals. Harland Sanders expanded his business across the street opening a restaurant that seated one-hundred and forty-two people. The colonel pressure cooked his chicken. When fresh chicken is pressed cooked it cooks faster. Sanders invented his secret eleven herbs and spices recipe to coat his chickens. His eleven herbs and spices are still used today in Kentucky Fried Chicken’s recipes.
Because of his special cooking techniques Governor, Ruby Laffoon in 1935 made Harland Sanders a Kentucky Colonel. After 1952, Colonel goal was to make his company a franchise. He traveled miles by car to enfranchise his business. By 1964 Colonel Sanders had over 600 franchised outlets in the United States and Canada. In 1964, Colonel Sanders sold his interest in the United States companies for only $2 million. Colonel Sanders remained a spokesman for KFC® until 1976. In 1980 Colonel Harland Sanders died at the age of ninety.
The History of The Cheesecake Factory
The Cheesecake Factory was founded by Oscar and Evelyn Overton. In the late 1940s Evelyn Overton opened a cheesecake shop in Detroit, Michigan. To be an at home mother she closed her shop and continued to bake in her home kitchen. She supplied her cakes to several local restaurants. In the 1970s her children were grown. Oscar and Evelyn decided to move their cheesecake business to Los Angeles, California. They opened a 700 square foot store in Los Angeles and called it, “The Cheesecake Factory®”. As in any business the early years were difficult. Evelyn was the manager and baker. Oscar was the salesman and promoter.
In Los Angeles the Overton’s baking reputation and sales grew to such an extent they purchased a larger bakery. With a striving business Evelyn created over 20 cheesecake varieties and other desserts. These items were sold to hundreds of wholesale accounts. Their business extended from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, San Diego and several out-of-state clientele. The first Cheesecake Factory Restaurant® as opened in Beverly Hills, California. The founder of the first restaurant was their son, David Overton. David Overton established a restaurant that offered fresh quality ingredients with creative and numerous menu selections. There are approximately 150 Cheesecake Factory Restaurants today. The success that the Cheesecake Factory® enjoys today took many years and reflects generational progression based on a dream. The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant is an American Dream come true.
The History of Applebee’s Restaurant
Applebee’s restaurant was founded by Bill and T.J. Palmer. In 1980 their first restaurant opened in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally named, T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs. The name was changed to Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar in 1986. Currently there are approximately 1,965 restaurants in the USA and Europe. Informal dining restaurants for all ages. The restaurant chain features American dishes: salads, shrimp, pasta chicken and riblets. The riblets are Applebee’s® signature item.
Red Lobster Restaurant’s History
The founder of the Red Lobster Restaurant is Bill Darden. At 19 he opened his first restaurant, The Green Frog. The first Red Lobster opened in Lakeland, Florida, in 1968. A casual seafood restaurant centered on quality and service. In the 1970s the restaurant expanded to different parts of the United States. In 1995, the Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Bahama Breeze became part of Darden Restaurants.