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Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Flip the Switch for Healthy Menu

It’s no secret: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s menus are well known for its indulgent Thickburgers, Made from Scratch Biscuits, and Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes. It’s also no secret, though not-so-well-known, that the home of the Thickburger offers alternate lighter menu selections that enable guests to “Low Carb It, Veg It, or Trim It.”

Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Sweeten Up Breakfast

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s introduced new Made from Scratch Cinnamon Pull-Aparts, coming to restaurants June 23. The cinnamon-sugar breakfast treat features the chains’ award-winning Made from Scratch Biscuit dough, shaped into eight bite-sized pieces, rolled in cinnamon-sugar, baked together and finished with a drizzle of icing.

CKE Restaurants Kick Off Stars for Heroes Campaign

CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., parent company to Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurant chains, kicked off its fourth annual Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign at participating restaurant locations. The program, which has raised more than $2.5 million since its inception, harnesses the compassion and generosity of its customers, franchisees, and employees to rally behind the nation’s military veterans and families. Funds raised during this year’s campaign will support national charity partners, Dream Foundation and USA Cares, as well as regional charities in 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.

Healthy Surroundings

A study sponsored by CKE brand Hardee’s revealed a correlation between a restaurant’s interior design and its customers’ healthy dining habits.

While the study, “Music & Light,” was conducted at Cornell University’s Food and Brand lab in Ithaca, New York, in 2002, Hardee’s had exclusive use of the findings for 10 years, and it was published by lab director Dr. Brian Wansink in 2012.

Wansink details how his team gave a Hardee’s location in Champaign, Illinois, a casual-dining makeover in one sealed-off room to compare guest experiences.

Hardee's Adds X-Tra Bacon to New Menu Items

Behold the power of bacon. Superhuman appetites meet their match today at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s with the arrival of two new menu items that pack a mighty serving of bacon. Featuring four strips of bacon, twice the bacon of their classic menu counterparts at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, the new Western X-Tra Bacon Cheeseburger and X-Tra Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit are available now at all participating Hardee’s and at Carl’s Jr.

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.

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