Fred and Jim Parker’s grandfather, a trail drive cowboy and chili aficionado, introduced them to chili as children. Their first chili-centric unit opened in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1983 when Fred, a graphic artist, created a restaurant from a design project. The chain, described as “Depression era chili parlors” with a pool hall in the back, is franchised by F&K Management. A new unit is opening in Hagerstown, Maryland.

LocationSpringfield, Va.
2008 Systemwide Sales$28,800,000*
% Change in Sales10.6%
2008 U.S. Units17
% Change in Units13.3%
2008 Average Unit Volume$1,900,000*
% Change in AUV0.8%
Future 50 Year2009