November 19, 2012 // Franchising.com // SHARON, PA. – The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube®, known for its Best Wings USA and more than 20 sauces, made history as they served up the company’s billionth chicken wing at the Plano Lube “Hard Hat” & Billionth Wing Party on November 15th. The private event, attended by more than 200 VIP’s, celebrated the brands expansion into the Plano, TX market. The restaurant will open to the public in January 2013 and will be located at Parkwood and 121, Plano, TX 75024.
During the exclusive event, Lubies enjoyed The Lube’s® award-winning food and signature drinks as they learned all about the cult-like fan following of The Lube®. Plano dignitaries in attendance included current Plano Mayor Phil Dyer and former Plano Mayor and President and Chief Executive Officer of Quaker Steak & Lube® John Longstreet. Attendees also took part in the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the newly elected Mayor of Lube Nation, Ken Rumbaugh, as he made history eating the company’s billionth chicken wing. The newest Mayor, Ken Rumbaugh said, “Eating the billionth wing was an absolute honor and privilege, I am so proud to be the Mayor of Lube Nation!”
“As a former Mayor of Plano, I was thrilled to bring the “Hard Hat” & Billionth Wing Party to the Plano Lube,” said John Longstreet, president and chief executive officer, Quaker Steak & Lube®. “We truly made history when our newly elected Mayor of Lube Nation Ken Rumbaugh ate our billionth wing and we are ecstatic to launch the Plano Lube in January while continuing our Texas Takeover!”
The Plano restaurant will create close to 200 jobs for the area and will be the 3rd Quaker Steak & Lube® location in Texas. The new Lube will encompass an 8,000 square-foot design while accommodating seating for over 360 people including a 1,000 square-foot brickyard patio, two full-service bars and over 34 flat screen TV’s.
This past June, the company launched their Texas invasion and announced plans to open ten new restaurants throughout the area, two of which are currently open in Carrollton and Waco.
Quaker Steak & Lube® has quickly become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. The company is on track to open 12 restaurants this year and another 12 in 2013. The brand has signed development agreements in six new markets with five new franchise groups. Quaker Steak & Lube® currently has close to 60 locations open across 18 states and Canada.
The compelling décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia, combined with its craveable food and supercharged events, has created a cult-like following for The Lube®, as fans call it, for more than 38 years.
Collectively, the company serves more than one billion wings annually along with burgers, ribs, steaks, salads, sandwiches, kid’s meals, signature beverages and many more flavorful menu items. The Lube® is also known for creative food promotions and recently won the coveted MenuMasters award for their limited time offer, Shake, Wrap & Roll. Hand-crafted and hand-shaken beverages are also featured on the Blowout Beverages menu including the industry 2012 Cheers Beverage Award-Winning Bar Jars.
Founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pa., the original Quaker Steak & Lube® began as a cook-your-own steak restaurant, before expanding to nearly 60 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The unique décor, including race cars suspended from the ceilings, motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia, combined with the crave-able food and high-octane events has afforded The Lube® a cult-like fan following. Today, Quaker Steak & Lube® has become one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country, and has won hundreds of national and international awards for its wings and over 20 different wing sauces. Most recently it was named the 2012 Festival Favorite at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York. For more information visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.
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