Los Angeles, 1941. Young Carl N. Karcher and his wife, Margaret, make a leap of faith and borrow $311 on their Plymouth automobile, add $15 in savings and purchase a hot dog cart.
One cart grows to four, and in less than five years, Carl's Drive-In Barbecue opens with hamburgers on the menu.
The brand continues its growth with an emphasis on quality, service and cleanliness, pioneering concepts such as partial table service and self-serve beverage bars. The introduction of the signature Six Dollar Burger™ in 2001 marks the latest Carl's Jr.® advance in the quick-service industry, confirming the chain's constant emphasis on product innovation and representing a desire to satisfy the tastes of young, hungry consumers.
On his first day in the fast-food business, Carl N. Karcher took in $14.75. For 70 years and over 1,200 restaurants later, Carl's Jr.® has become known as the place to go all across the West for juicy, delicious charbroiled burgers.
During the last 65 years Carl's Jr.® has built a reputation as America's premier burger chain. Today, there are more than 1,100 Carl's Jr.® restaurants worldwide, with more than 300 dual-branded Carl's Jr.®/Green Burrito® restaurants. Carl's Jr.® is looking for exceptional new franchise candidates in select markets in the U.S. and around the world.
Carl's Jr.® consistently out-delivers the competition with an innovative menu strategy that focuses on developing premium, sit-down restaurant quality menu items. The Carl's Jr.® line of 100% Black Angus Beef Six Dollar Burgers™ is perfectly complemented by the brand's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes & Malts™. This best-in-class menu supports a premium franchise opportunity.
Carl's Jr.® is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc., a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: CKR). Through its subsidiaries, CKE franchises and operates Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® quick-service restaurants. The CKE system includes more than 3,100 locations in 42 states and 13 countries.