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Arby's

Arby's Restaurant Group is the second largest fast-service sandwich chain in the United States with more than 3,300 restaurants. Roark Capital Group acquired the company in July 2011 and owns 81.5% of the company with The Wendy's Company owning the remaining 18.5%. Its headquartered in Sandy Springs, Georgia. In addition to its Roast Beef and Beef sandwiches, Arby's also offers deli-style sandwiches, curly fries and shakes. Arby's has international locations in Canada, Turkey and Qatar.

Arby's was founded by Forrest and Leroy Raffel whoi wanted a fast food franchise that offered an alternative to hamburgers. The name Arby's is based on R. B., the initials of the brothers. The first restaurant opened in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964, with an initial offering of roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and soft drinks. A year later (1965) the first Arby's licensee opened a restaurant in Akron, Ohio. Expansion to other states began in 1968.

In 1976, the family sold the company to Royal Crown Cola Company for $18 million. Leroy Raffel remained CEO until his retirement in 1979. In 1984, Victor Posner obtained Arby's through a takeover of Royal Crown. Nine years later Don Pierce, a former PepsiCo executive, was brought in to "revive" Arby's. The attempt failed, and the company sold all of its 354 locations to RTM Restaurant Group. Another marketing concept was tried in 1995 with ZuZu's Handmade Mexican Grill, but that marketing effort was also a failure.

In 2002, Arby's returned to operating restaurants by purchasing the second largest Arby's franchisee, Sybra Inc., with 293 locations. In 2008, Triarc purchased Wendy's, and changed its name to Wendy's/Arby's Group. In 2011, Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc. announced it would sell the majority of its Arby's chain to Roark Capital Group while maintaining an 18.5% stake in the company. The new owners turned the company around by closing the underperforming locations, changing the company's marketing strategy, and introducing new products.

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Boston Market

Boston Market was known as Boston Chicken until 1995, is a fast casual restaurant owned by private equity firm Sun Capital Partners. It was founded in 1984 in Massachusetts by Steven Kolow and Arthur Cores. The chain expanded in the early and mid-1990s. In 1998, the company filed for bankruptcy, and was subsequently purchased by McDonald's Corporation in 2000. McDonald's continued to operate and expand the chain. In 2007, McDonald's sold the chain to Sun Capital Partners.

Boston Market has its greatest presence in the Northeastern United States. When it was known as Boston Chicken, stores specialized in rotisserie chicken and a variety of side dishes. In February 1995 the chain expanded its menu to include turkey, meatloaf, ham, and sandwiches, and changed the name to Boston Market. A selection of Boston Market-branded items have been available since 1999 in many supermarkets. Frozen meals and side dishes are sold nationally under the Boston Market brand name.

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Burger King

Burger King is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The company began in 1953 as Insta-Burger King. After Insta-Burger King ran into financial difficulties in 1954, its two Miami-based franchisees, David Edgerton and James McLamore, purchased the company and renamed it Burger King. Over the next 50 years, the changed hands four times, with its third set of owners taking it public in 2002. In late 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired a majority stake in BK and initiated a restructuring of the company. 3G, along with partner Berkshire Hathaway, eventually merged the company with Canadian-based doughnut chain Tim Hortons under a new Canadian-based parent company, Restaurant Brands International.

Burger King menu has expanded from a basic offering of burgers, French fries, sodas, and milkshakes in 1954, to a larger, more diverse set of offerings. In 1957, the Whopper was the first major addition to the menu; it has since become Burger King's signature product. From 2002 to 2010, Burger King aggressively targeted the 18-34 male demographic with larger products that often carried correspondingly large amounts of unhealthy fats and trans-fats. This tactic eventually came to hurt the company's financials. Beginning in 2011, the company moved away from the previous male-oriented menu and introduce new menu items, product reformulations, and packaging as part of 3G Capital's restructuring plans of the company.

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Chick-Fil-A

Chick-fil-A is a fast food restaurant chain headquartered in College Park, Georgia that specializes in chicken sandwiches. Founded in May 1946, it has more than 2,000 restaurants, mainly in the southeastern United States. The company's culture is influenced by its founder Truett Cathy's Southern Baptist beliefs; all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed for business on Sunday as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The chain's origin can be traced to the Dwarf Grill (now Dwarf House), a restaurant opened by S. Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A's former Chairman and CEO, in 1946. In 1961 Cathy found a pressure-fryer that could cook the chicken sandwich in the same amount of time it took to cook a fast-food hamburger. Following this discovery, he registered the name Chick-fil-A, Inc.

The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967 in Greenbriar Mall in a suburb of Atlanta. The first freestanding franchise was opened in 1986 on North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta, and the company began to focus more on this type of franchise than on the food court type. Although it has expanded outward from its original geographic base, most new restaurants are located in Southern suburban areas. In October 2015, the company opened a three-story 5,000-square-foot restaurant in Manhattan that became the largest free-standing Chick-fil-A in the country at that time. As of 2016, the chain has approximately 1,950 locations.

The company expanded outside of the United States by opening an outlet at the Calgary International Airport in in Canada in May 2014. This restaurant is located near the departure area for flights bound for the United States.

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Chipotle

Chipotle Mexican Grill is an American chain of fast food restaurants specializing in tacos and burritos located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, and France. Its name derives from chipotle, the Nahuatl name for a smoked and dried jalapeño chili pepper. The company has released a mission statement called Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using naturally-grown ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant chain.

Ells took opened the first Chipotle Mexican Grill in Denver, Colorado in a former Dolly Madison Ice Cream store near the University of Denver campus, using an $85,000 loan from his father. Ells and his father calculated that the store would need to sell 107 burritos per day to be profitable. After one month, the original restaurant was selling over 1,000 burritos a day. The second store opened in 1995 using Chipotle's cash flow, and the third was opened using an SBA loan. To fund more growth, Ells' father invested $1.5 million. Afterwards, Ells created a board of directors and business plan, raising an additional $1.8 million for the company.

Chipotle is one of the first chains of fast casual dining establishments. Founded by Steve Ells in 1993, Chipotle had 16 restaurants when McDonald's Corporation became a major investor in 1998. By the time McDonald's fully divested itself from Chipotle in 2006, the chain had grown to over 500 locations. With more than 2,000 locations, Chipotle had a staff of more than 45,000 employees in 2015.

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Culver's

Culver is a privately owned and operated fast casual restaurant chain. The first Culver's opened in 1984 in Wisconsin. As of November 5, 2014, the chain had 527 restaurants across the United States. Sauk City restaurateur George Culver started with an A&W on Phillips Boulevard in 1961. On July 18, 1984, along with wife Ruth, son Craig, and daughter-in-law Lea, he opened the first Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers. In 1987, the Culvers were approached about franchising a restaurant in nearby Richland Center. The Culvers agreed, granting the franchisee a loose licensing agreement, charging no fees or royalties. Because the franchisee had invested very little of his own money, it was a simple matter for him to walk away a year later when he decided he no longer wanted to be in the restaurant business.

As a result of this experience, the Culvers established a set of standard franchising procedures that form the basis for those currently used by Culver Franchising System, Inc. Three years later, they tried again in Baraboo and business quickly doubled. Soon after, the increased recognition that the second store earned this small-town chain prompted expansion into the Madison and Milwaukee areas. At the end of 2011, 445 Culver's restaurants were open in 19 states.

Culver’s menu features their trademark ButterBurgers and frozen custard. A specialty is the deep-fried cheese curds. The menu also includes pork and fish, fried chicken, veggie burgers, salads, and sundaes. The menu is divided into seven sections: sandwiches, sides, drinks, kids meals, dinners, salads, and desserts. Items are made to order and are served at table-side. Culver's also sells its own brand of root beer.

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Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen (often called simply DQ) is a chain of soft serve ice cream and fast food restaurants owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. The company also owns Orange Julius and Karmelkorn. The first DQ restaurant was located in Joliet, Illinois, opened in 1940 and operated by Sherb Noble. The company's corporate offices are located in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota.

Soft-serve formula ice cream was first developed in 1938 by Iowa-born John Fremont McCullough and his son Bradley. They convinced friend and loyal customer Sherb Noble to offer the product in his ice cream store. On the first day of sales, Noble dished out more than 1,600 servings of the new dessert within two hours. Noble and the McCulloughs went on to open the first Dairy Queen store in 1940.

Since 1940, the chain has used a franchise system to expand operations. At the end of 2014, Dairy Queen reported over 6,400 stores in more than 25 countries. DQ was an early pioneer of food franchising, expanding its 10 stores in 1941 to 100 by 1947, 1,446 in 1950, and 2,600 in 1955. The red Dairy Queen symbol was introduced in 1959. The company became International Dairy Queen, Inc. (IDQ) in 1962. In 1987, IDQ bought the Orange Julius chain. IDQ was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 1998.

While some stores offer an abbreviated menu primarily featuring DQ frozen treats and may be open only during spring and summer, the majority of DQ restaurants also serve hot food and are open all year. Dairy Queen Full Brazier restaurants serve a normal fast-food menu featuring burgers, french fries, and grilled and crispy chicken in addition to frozen treats and hot dogs.

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Del Taco

Del Taco is a quick service restaurant chain specializing in American-style Mexican cuisine as well as foods such as burgers, fries, and shakes. Del Taco is headquartered in Lake Forest, California.

The first Del Taco restaurant opened in California in 1964. Success of the first restaurant led to two in Barstow, one in Needles, and a fifth in Corona (the first Del Taco with a drive-thru window). In 1967, Del Taco introduced their famous bean and cheese burrito with green or red sauce to their menu. Before long, the restaurants were being founded throughout Southern California. The chain operates in 17 states. There are also multiple Del Taco restaurants located in the Detroit region. Las Vegas, Nevada has the most Del Tacos of any single city and California has the most Del Tacos of any single state.

Del Taco serves Mexican and American food. Their standard menu includes Hard Shell Tacos, Soft Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, Nachos, Deluxe Taco Salad, Crinkle Cut French Fries, Chili Cheddar Fries, Double Del Cheeseburger, Bacon Del Cheeseburger, Triple Del Cheeseburger, Fries, Shakes, and at least four types of Dinner Burritos.

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Domino's

Domino's Pizza is an American pizza restaurant chain and international franchise pizza delivery corporation headquartered at the Domino Farms Office Park in Ann Arbor Charter Township, Michigan. Founded in 1960, Domino's is in 81 countries, making it the second-largest franchised pizza chain after Pizza Hut.

In 1960, Tom Monaghan and his brother, James, purchased DomiNick's, a small pizza store in Michigan. The deal was secured by a $500 down payment, and the brothers borrowed $900 to pay for the store. The brothers planned to split the work hours evenly, but James didn't want to quit his job as a full-time postman. Within eight months, James traded his half of the business to Tom for the Volkswagen Beetle they used for pizza deliveries. By 1965, Tom Monaghan had purchased two additional pizzerias. Monaghan wanted the stores to share the same branding, but the original owner forbade him from using the DomiNick's name. One day an employee returned from a pizza delivery and suggested the name Domino's. Monaghan loved the idea and officially renamed the business Domino's Pizza in 1965. Domino's experienced rapid growth, opening its first franchise location in 1967. By 1978, the company expanded to 200 stores.

In 1998, after 38 years, Domino's founder Tom Monaghan announced his retirement, and sold 93 percent of the company to Bain Capital, Inc. for about $1 billion. A year later, the company named David A. Brandon as its CEO. In 2004, after 44 years as a privately held company, Domino's began trading common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "DPZ". In January 2006, Domino's opened its 5,000th U.S. store in Huntley, Illinois, and its 3,000th international store in Panama City, Panama making 8,000 total stores.

In 2012 Domino's Pizza changed their name to Domino's to emphasize their variety of non-pizza products. At the same time, Domino's introduced a new logo that removed the blue rectangle and text under the domino in the logo, and changed the formerly all-red domino to be blue on the side with two dots and red on the side with one dot.

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El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco are two independent restaurant chains controlled by different companies, El Pollo Loco, Inc. and El Pollo Loco, S.A. de C.V. which operates in Mexico Both companies specialize in Mexican-style grilled chicken and were founded by Juan Francisco Ochoa, but both occupy non-overlapping global territories.

El Pollo Loco, Inc. is based in the United States, specializing in Mexican-style grilled chicken. Restaurant service consists of dine-in and take-out, with some locations offering drive through options. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California and operates over 400 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the Southwestern United States. "El Pollo Loco" is Spanish for "The Crazy Chicken". El Pollo Loco primarily prepares Mexican chicken entrees. The company describes its chicken as "citrus-marinated and fire-grilled." The American company also offer Mexican-style food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.

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Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs is a fast casual food restaurant chain that specializes in hot subs. Founded in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida, by former firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen, Firehouse Subs serves sandwiches with meats and cheeses "steamed" hot and placed on a toasted sub roll. Locations offer a family-oriented atmosphere, with a firefighter theme that includes fire equipment throughout the store and a menu that features sandwiches with themed names.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was created in 2005. It provides funding, equipment, and support for local firefighters and other public safety organization. Customers are also able to contribute directly to the foundation by dropping spare change in donation canisters near the registers, "rounding up" their purchases to the next dollar, and purchasing leftover pickle buckets.

In October 2013, Firehouse Subs began testing a new healthier "Hearty and Flavorful" menu, offering six new subs under 500 calories and four new salads under 600 calories. The new subs contain the same amount of meat as that of a medium-sized sandwich, but are made using smaller portions of cheese and mayonnaise, and come on a roll that is 1/3 smaller than the bread used for medium-sized subs. Salads are made to order with a variety of new ingredients including romaine lettuce, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, mozzarella cheese, green bell peppers, cucumbers and a new lite Italian dressing. The menu was implemented system wide in March 2014.

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Five Guys

Five Guys is headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia, and is focused on hamburgers, hot dogs, and French fries. Janie and Jerry Murrell founded Five Guys in 1986, with Jerry and the couple's sons, Jim, Matt, Chad, and Ben, as the original "Five Guys." The first Five Guys was in Arlington's Westmont Shopping Center. Additional restaurants where opened in Old Town Alexandria and Springfield, Virginia, with five restaurants by 2001. The Murrells began franchising in 2003, with Washington Redskins kicker Mark Moseley playing a key role in Five Guys' expansion. Moseley went on to become the company's director of franchise development.

Five Guys franchising started in Virginia and Maryland. By the end of 2004 over 300 restaurants were in development throughout the Northeast. Over the next few years the chain continued to rapidly expand across the entire United States and into Canada. The first location outside North America was opened in the United Kingdom in July 2013. There are now 27 restaurants open across the UK. Five Guys also has locations in the Middle East and has continued to expand in Europe.

Five Guys offers a limited menu of hamburgers (with cheese or bacon), kosher style hot dogs, grilled cheese, and vegetable sandwiches. The only side item offered is French fries. Complimentary roasted in-shell peanuts are available at most locations. The restaurant also offers milkshakes.

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Hardee's/Carls Jr.

Hardee's is an American-based fast-food restaurant chain operated by CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. with locations primarily in the Southern and Midwestern United States. In April 1997, CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Carl's Jr., paid $327 million to Montreal-based Imasco Limited for the Hardee's brand and associated locations. The merger created a chain of almost 4,000 restaurants; 3,152 Hardee' and 676 Carl's Jr.

Wilber Hardee opened his first restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1960. After a year of success, Wilber consulted with James Gardner and Leonard Rawls to expand, and shortly thereafter the first company store was opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in May 1961 by James Carson Gardner and Leonard Rawls. According to Wilber Hardee, Gardner and Rawls won a controlling share of the company from him in a game of poker. After realizing that he had lost control over his namesake company, Hardee sold his remaining shares to them as well.

Rawls and Gardner sold their first franchises to a small group of longtime friends. Hardee’s Food Systems went public in 1963 with Rawls as president. Gardner, who was vice president, had political ambitions and left the company when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1966.

Carl's Jr. is an American-based fast food restaurant chain operated by CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., with locations primarily in the Western and Southwestern United States. Carl Karcher and his wife Margaret founded the predecessor of Carl's Jr. in 1941, starting as a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. In 1945, the Karchers moved to Anaheim, California, and opened their first full-service restaurant, Carl's Drive-In Barbeque. As the restaurant became successful, Carl expanded his business by opening the first two Carl's Jr. restaurants in Anaheim and nearby Brea in 1956. That same year, the chain was officially renamed Carl's Jr. and the fast-food chain took off.

Following Karcher's death in 1992, a new management team took over in 1994, headed by CEO William P. Foley II and President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Thompson. Carl Karcher Enterprises became a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants Holdings. As of March 2016, CKE has a total of 3,664 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 37 foreign countries and U.S. territories.

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In-N-Out

In-N-Out Burger has locations primarily in the American Southwest and Pacific coast. It was founded in Baldwin Park, California, in 1948 by Harry Snyder and his wife Esther Snyder. The chain is currently headquartered in Irvine, California, and has slowly expanded through California and into Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and Oregon. The current owner is Lynsi Snyder, the Snyders' only grandchild.

In-N-Out Burger has resisted franchising or going public and the company's business practices have been noted for employee-centered personnel policies. For example, In-N-Out is one of the few fast food chains in the United States to pay its employees more than state and federally mandated minimum wage guidelines. The In-N-Out restaurant chain has developed a highly loyal customer base and has been rated as one of the top fast food restaurants in several customer satisfaction surveys.

The signature colors for In-N-Out are white, red, and yellow. The white is used for the buildings' exterior walls and the employees' basic uniform. Red is used for the buildings' roofs and the employees' aprons and hats. Yellow is used for the decorative band on the roof and iconic zig-zag in the logo. However, variations in the color scheme do occur.

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Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box is an American fast-food restaurant chain founded in 1951 by Robert O. Peterson in San Diego, California. The chain has 2,200 locations, primarily serving the West Coast of the United States and selected large urban areas in the eastern portion of the US including Texas. Food items include a variety of hamburger and cheeseburger sandwiches along with selections of internationally themed foods such as tacos and egg rolls. The company also operates the Qdoba Mexican Grill chain.

The restaurant rebounded in 1994, after a highly successful marketing campaign that featured the fictitious Jack in the Box chairman Jack character who has a ping pong ball-like head, a yellow clown cap, two blue eyes, a pointy black nose, and a linear red smile that changes with his emotions, and is dressed in a business suit.

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Jersey Mike's

Jersey Mike's is a submarine sandwich chain headquartered in Manasquan, New Jersey. The Jersey Mike's franchise has more than 1000 locations open and in development across the United States.

At age 14, Peter Cancro took a part-time job at Mike's, a neighborhood sandwich shop founded in 1956 and then on its third owner. When the shop went up for sale once again in 1975, Cancro's mother suggested he buy it. With help from a high school football coach who was also a banker, and his childhood friend, Mike Geissler, Cancro, then 17 and a high school senior, managed to pull together $125,000 in three days. Today, Cancro is the owner and CEO of the company, while Geissler operates as the company historian. Cancro first began franchising the restaruant in 1987. By 2014 it had 750 locations, with an additional 650 in some stage of development. 2015 alone saw 197 new locations opened and the total number of Jersey Mike's locations exceed 1000.

Like the original Mike's store, each Jersey Mike's Subs serves submarine sandwiches made to order, slicing the meats and cheeses as needed. A popular way to top off the sandwich with condiments is to order it "Mike's Way", which involves sliced onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, salt (spices) and "The Juice" -- a mixture of red wine vinegar and olive oil. There is also a signature cherry pepper relish. Jersey Mike's also serves various breakfast sandwiches during the morning hours, including sandwiches made with pork roll, a New Jersey product.

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Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's is a franchised sandwich restaurant chain specializing in delivery, founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983. In 30 years, the company has grown to more than 2,500 locations in 46 states. Jimmy John's has opened approximately 200 locations per year over the past three years.

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 to accept his father's $25,000 loan to start a hot dog business. He soon realized that a hot dog business would cost more than he had, so he decided to open a sandwich shop. In 1983 the first Jimmy John's opened in a garage in Charleston, Illinois. Paying $200 a month in rent, Liautaud could afford only used equipment consisting of a refrigerator, a chest freezer, an oven and a meat slicer. The store was able to profit its first year of business, despite the poor location, due to Jimmy John's willingness to deliver his sandwiches to the nearby dorms at Eastern Illinois University, as well as his handing out free samples for marketing purposes.

In 2014, it was revealed that employees at Jimmy John's were required to sign non-compete agreements as a condition of employment. The agreement restricted the employee from working for a competitor for two years, where a competitor was defined as a business which derives more than ten percent of its revenue from selling sandwiches and is located within three miles of any Jimmy John's. Additionally, the employee could not work for another Jimmy John's franchisee for a year.

In 2016, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued Jimmy John's, accusing it of improperly forcing low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors. Madigan says Jimmy John's initially said it stopped using noncompete agreements in 2015 but later said the policy change was never implemented. Jimmy John's responded with a statement that they had cooperated and continue to cooperate with the Attorney General's inquiry, having removed the offending agreements from new-hire paperwork and even offering to have their CEO sign a declaration that they would never enforce the non-compete agreements against any hourly employee that might have signed one.

On 10 June 2011, the web site Smile Politely uncovered photos allegedly showing Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, posing with various dead "trophy" animals, including an elephant and a leopard. The photographs are also no longer available on the Johan Calitz Safaris' Facebook Page. While we cannot definitively say that the man pictured in the photographs is Jimmy John Liautaud, it' s has been confirmed that The Hunting Report, a magazine that has been covering "high-quality big game hunting in North America and Africa" since the 1980s, has recorded several of Liautaud's hunts for animals such as wolf, Rhinoceros, deer, and Lynx. The Hunting Report also has a record of Jimmy John Liautaud (misspelled "Liaufand") going on a big game hunt in Botswana for Elephant, Buffalo, and Zebra with Johan Calitz Safaris.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken, now known as KFC, specializes in fried chicken and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. It's the world's second largest restaurant chain as measured by sales after McDonald's, with almost 20,000 locations globally in 123 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains.

KFC was founded by Harland Sanders who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first "Kentucky Fried Chicken" franchise opened in Utah in 1952. KFC popularized chicken in the fast food industry, diversifying the market. By branding himself as "Colonel Sanders", Harland became a prominent figure of American cultural history. In 1964, he sold it to a group of investors led by John Y. Brown, Jr. and Jack C. Massey.

KFC was one of the first fast food chains to expand internationally, opening outlets in Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Jamaica by the mid-1960s. In the early 1970s, KFC was sold to the spirits distributor Heublein, who were taken over by the R.J. Reynolds food and tobacco conglomerate, who sold the chain to PepsiCo. The chain continued to expand overseas, and in 1987 KFC became the first Western restaurant chain to open in China. The chain has continued expanding in China, which is now the company's single largest market. PepsiCo spun off its restaurants division as Tricon Global Restaurants, which later changed its name to Yum! Brands.

KFC's original product is pressure fried chicken seasoned with Sanders' recipe of 11 herbs and spices. The constituents of the recipe represent a notable trade secret. Larger portions of fried chicken are served in a cardboard "bucket", which has become a well known feature of the chain since it was first introduced by franchisee Pete Harman in 1957. Since the early 1990s, KFC has expanded its menu to offer other chicken products such as chicken fillet burgers and wraps, as well as salads and side dishes, such as French fries and coleslaw, desserts, and soft drinks, the latter often supplied by PepsiCo. KFC was long known for its former and current slogan "Finger Lickin' Good".

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McDonald's

McDonald's is the world's largest chain of fast food restaurants, serving in 119 countries through more than 36,000 retaurants. McDoald's was founded in the United States in 1940, initially as a barbeque restaurant by Richard and Maurice McDonald. In 1948, they turned their business into a hamburger stand using production line principles. Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955 and eventually purchased the chain and oversaw its worldwide expansion. Currently based in Oak Brook, Illinois, McDonald's is planning to move its headquarters to Chicago by early 2018.

McDonald's offers three modes of restaurant operationd: franchise, an affiliate, or the corporate. McDonald's is the world's second largest private employer with almost 2 million employees. Of that 2 million, approximately 1.5 million for franchises.

McDonald's offers hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken, french fries, breakfast, and desserts. In response to changing consumer tastes, the company has recently expanded its menu to include salads, fish, wraps, smoothies and fruit, as well as an all day breakfast.

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Moe's

Moe's Southwest Grill (Moe's) was founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2000 by Raving Brands. Focus Brands purchases Moe's in 2007, and there are currently over 600 locations in 38 states. Moe's also has locations in Turkey and Russia. According to the company website franchise partners also exist in Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Many menu items have names from popular culture such as:

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Panda Express

Panda Express is a fast restaurant seving American Chinese cuisine. It's the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the United States. Panda Express restaurants were traditionally located in shopping mall food courts, but the chain now operates units in many other formats, including stand-alone restaurants. Panda Express currently has over 1,700 restaurants, including locations in Guam, Canada, Mexico, Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. The company does not offer franchises; all Panda Express retaurants are company-owned and operated. Panda Express is a casual, fast-food variation of Panda Inn, a chain of upscale, table-side service restaurants.

The food is a variety of Chinese-cuisine-inspired dishes. Combo meals are served with choice of either fried rice, steamed rice, chow mein, or mixed vegetables. No MSG is added, nor does Panda Express purchase from any suppliers who add MSG. Panda Express is headquartered in Rosemead, California.

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Sonic Drive-In

Sonic Drive-In is a drive-in fast-food restaurant chain based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with over 3,500 restaurants were in 43 states. Known for its use of carhops on roller skates, the company annually hosts a competition to determine the top skating carhop. It also hosts, with Dr Pepper, an internal competition between drive-in employees. The Sonic has operated since the early 1950s and incorporated in Delaware in 1990. Company restaurants are owned and operated by Sonic Restaurants, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary.

Sonic's sells hamburgers, French fries, onion rings, corn dogs, chili dogs and breakfast sandwiches. Drink options include soft drinks, slushes, and milkshakes. Ice cream desserts include sundaes and banana splits. At a standard Sonic Drive-In, a customer drives into a covered drive-in stall, orders through an intercom speaker system, and has the food delivered by a carhop. Most drive-ins also have patio seating, and many have drive-thru lanes.

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Tijuana Flats Burrito Builder

Tijuana Flats is a restaurant chain serving Tex-Mex cuisine with 120 locations throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Indiana. The restaurant was founded in 1995 by University of Central Florida graduate Brian Wheeler with $20,000 in loans. Tijuana Flats started in Winter Park, Florida, modeled after Burrito Brothers, a Mexican restaurant in Gainesville, Florida. Students from Wheeler's former college made up some of the restaurant's early customers. Wheeler tried to create his own signature hot-sauce unsuccessfully before hiring Edgewater to formulate the restaurant's sauce brand "Smack My Ass & Call Me Sally". The company had 18 locations before expanding out-of-state in 2004. Tijuana Flats started as a franchise, but switched to a corporate-owned model for new stores in 2007.

In 2005, Tijuana Flats built its first training center for branch managers in Winter Park. In 2007, Tijuana Flats shifted from a franchise model to corporate-owned stores and the chain re-purchased some of its under-performing franchise locations. In 2011, Tijuana Flats updated its menu with fish tacos, "Norrito" bowls and Bangin Chicken entrees, salads and tostadas.

Tijuana Flats is a fast casual hybrid, where customers order at the counter and seat themselves, but are served at their table afterwards. It serves burritos, chimichangas, tacos, nachos, flautas and other Mexican food with health options for low-fat cheese, fat-free sour cream and whole-wheat tortillas. It also has vegetarian and "wet" options, a children's menu and take-out.

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Wendy's

An international fast food restaurant, Wendy's was founded by Dave Thomas in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. Wendy's is currently the world's third largest hamburger fast food chain with over 6,000 locations. The company merged with Triarc Companies Inc. in 2008, the parent company of Arby's. Following the merger, Triarc first became the Wendy's/Arby's Group, and eventually The Wendy's Company.

Approximately 85% of Wendy's restaurants are franchise locations, with 77% of these located in North America. Wendy's employs more than 47,000 people. While corporate enforces standards for store appearance, food quality and menu, individual franchise owners have authority over operating hours, interior decor, pricing and uniforms and wages.

Wendy's food menu consists primarily of hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and French fries, as well as some unique items like chili and baked potato. Unlike Burger King and McDonald's, the company does not have a signature sandwich. Wendy's uses fresh ground beef square hamburger patties which hang over the edge of a circular bun as its signature item.

Wendy's Food with Macros


YaYa's

YAYA'S cooks its chicken in view of the customer on an open gas-fired broiler and offers fresh, natural, and healthy meals. This style of presentation positions YAYA'S as a moderately priced upscale fast food restaurant.

YaYa's Food with Macros