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.
|2008 Systemwide Sales ($000)||$28,800,000*|
|YOY Sales Change||10.6%|
|2008 U.S. Units||17|
|YOY Unit Change||13.3%|
|2008 Average Unit Volume ($000)||$1,900,000*|
|Future 50 Year||2009|