Carl's Jr.

Inside Roark Capital

The boardroom at Roark Capital Group’s offices in an Atlanta skyscraper has all the accoutrements of a nicely appointed meeting area, including a large conference table surrounded by comfortable chairs and a wide view of the city below.

There’s just one distinction: Two dozen black-framed notices of the private equity firm’s acquisitions dot the walls along the narrow sides of the room. Lying on the carpet are two more frames, holding announcements for the latest purchases, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, made last December in a deal valued at about $1.7 billion.

Carl’s Jr. Adds Sweet Treats to Menu

Carl’s Jr. introduced a sweet-and-salty spin on its Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes and Malts lineup with the arrival of its new Sea Salt & Caramel Shake. Featuring hand-scooped vanilla ice cream blended with caramel syrup and topped with sea salt toffee crumbles and whipped cream, the new Sea Salt & Caramel Shake is available at all participating Carl’s Jr. locations.

Roark Capital To Acquire CKE Restaurants

CKE Inc., parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, announced that an affiliate of Roark Capital Group entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in the company with senior management retaining a minority stake. CKE is currently majority-owned and controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Final Piece of the Puzzle

The best drive thrus run like machines. Simple goals are met over and over: Orders go out quickly, the food is delivered fresh, and the right orders get to the right cars. But in the drive thru, pressure can run high and the smallest mistakes can prove catastrophic, backing up lines and spelling disaster for both customers and the restaurant’s bottom line.

Fall Flavors Show Up Early

Pumpkin reigns as operators rush to capitalize on popular seasonal trends.

Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin-themed fall lineup a month early this year.
Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin-themed fall lineup a month early this year. Krispy Kreme

Quick-service operators are launching seasonal menu items earlier this fall in an effort to beat their competition to the punch. From pumpkin doughnuts to caramel apple frozen yogurt, fall-flavored menu items are popping up across the industry even before the season has officially begun.

“We usually launch [fall products] in October. But this year, for the first time, we are bringing them out in September,” says Lafeea Watson, spokeswoman for Krispy Kreme. “That’s what the industry seems to be doing.”

The New Norm

The history books detailing the recent Great Recession will include plenty of obvious chapters: the subprime mortgage crisis, Wall Street bailouts, housing bubbles, and skyrocketing unemployment. But those volumes might miss a less visible element of the economic collapse: the crippling credit market that wreaked havoc by bringing business growth to a near standstill.

Carl's Jr. Rolls Out New Salad and Ad

Carl’s Jr. ups the ante on its premium menu offerings with two indulgent, new salads: the Cranberry Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad and BBQ Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad. Featuring a variety of delicious ingredients, tastes, and textures, the new salads join the Original Grilled Chicken Salad on the menu and are available at all Carl’s Jr. locations.

 

Superman Gets a Super Burger at Carl's Jr., Hardee's

Boasting six slices of bacon, the new Super Bacon Cheeseburger is available now at all Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. locations. The newest premium burger offering from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s is part of the restaurants’ promotional tie-in with Warner Bros. Pictures’ release of “Man of Steel,” in theaters June 14.

The Super Bacon Cheeseburger features a charbroiled beef patty, American cheese, mayonnaise, tomato, onion, lettuce, and six full bacon strips. Prices start at $3.99 and may vary by location.

CKE Approves Panasonic's Attune Drive-Thru Headsets

Panasonic announced that the Attune drive-thru communications system is now certified by CKE Restaurants for use in Carl’s Jr.and Hardee’s locations across the nation.

Panasonic’s Attune has met the rigorous certification standards set forth by CKE and is now available for franchisees to purchase. Attune enhances customer satisfaction through improved speed of service and order accuracy in the drive thru.

Carl's Jr., Hardee's Smoke Up the Breakfast Menu

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s present a smokin’ new addition to their lineup of Made from Scratch Biscuits with the Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit.

Previously a limited-time offer at Hardee’s, the popular breakfast menu item is back and now available at all Hardee’s restaurants and at all Carl’s Jr. locations that serve Made from Scratch Biscuits.

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