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Country Kitchen Business Overview

Quick Business Facts
Founded: 1939
Corporate Office: 1289 Deming Way, Ste. #212
Madison, WI 53717
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About Country Kitchen

From small towns to big cities, Country Kitchens can be found in locations around the country. Today's Country Kitchens include free standing buildings, travel plazas and hotels. Franchise opportunities are flexible and available for new construction, conversions and integration. Still strong on the comfort foods that have defined them for years, today's menu features old favorites and exciting new flavors. Guests will find Country Kitchen a perfect place to have breakfast anytime of the day or wind down with one of their tempting desserts.

Company History

Country Kitchen began with a dream . . . . .
It started with the vision of an enterprising young boy by the name of Bill Johnson. At the age of 14, Bill Johnson left his Kentucky home and headed for the "big city" of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was armed with only an eighth-grade education and a pocket full of change. Bill's future began when he was hired to work at a hamburger stand. The hamburger stand business required a strong work ethic and a knack for getting along with people. Bill Johnson had an abundance of both. He also had the drive to take the next step. In 1939 he and a friend, Bill Goodman, pooled their resources, totaling $400, and made a down payment on some restaurant equipment. They rented an empty storefront and opened a restaurant. The sign out front read "Country Kitchen." Customers began coming in for great-tasting hamburgers for only a nickel (or six for a quarter) and for delicious steak sandwiches for a dime.

"Treat folks special."
Bill Johnson's philosophy about business was quite simple, but highly effective: "Treat folks special." That ethic, along with appetizing food, helped Country Kitchen catch on. Within three short years business increased enough to allow the opening of another Country Kitchen Restaurant. As word got around about the quality of the restaurants, more and more Country Kitchens opened their doors. By 1958, Bill Johnson began offering franchises across the nation.

Change is good.
Perhaps more than any other restaurant in history, the Country Kitchen concept evolved to meet the changing lifestyles of their guests. Through the years they have served guests as a nickel hamburger stand, or as a full-service diner, then a hip drive-in, to a breakfast & coffee shop, and today their guests enjoy a contemporary full-service restaurant.

Today's Leadership
The Country Kitchen brand continues to flourish and is poised for significant growth in the upcoming years. Country Kitchen's corporate office is based in Madison, WI.

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From delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees to warm and inviting service, Country Kitchen is a leader among full-service, family-style restaurants.

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"The most satisfying aspect to me is the purchasing assistance we receive. Not only does Country Kitchen International negotiate and monitor a strong purchasing program with a large national distributor, with negotiated markups, but they also secure favorable pricing from the manufacturers so the distributor marks up a smaller base price. It sure beats paying street prices, even the "50 case per year" price you get as an independent."
Andrew Sloan
Country Kitchen franchisee, Benton Harbor, Michigan

"Every single member of Country Kitchen’s corporate team is invested in franchisee success, listening to ideas and concerns. When I first purchased an existing restaurant, I didn’t think I’d be renewing in the future. However, within the first year I realized that the relationship was well worth it. They provide cost savings, training, research, menu development, marketing materials and general expertise. I’ve since opened a second location and expect to do more. Overall, I am continually impressed with the quality, knowledge and energy of the corporate team and the personalized attention and coaching my staff has received."
Keny J. Adams
Country Kitchen franchisee, Hibbing and Virginia, Minnesota


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