Cracker Barrel Celebrates 50 Years as America's Home-Away-From-Home
In 1969, a
Before Evins knew it, the idea was much bigger than him. Built by hard work, a mission of Pleasing People, strong values, and genuine hospitality, the cooks, servers, operators and Evins' Uncle Herschel McCartney – described as the "soul" of Cracker Barrel – created more than a refreshing stop along one's journey. They set an iconic American table for generations to come.
Evins was passionate about recreating old country stores from his childhood while providing a place for friends and family to reconnect over a good meal. Fittingly, he selected the name Cracker Barrel to pay homage to one of America's original gathering places. Crackers were delivered to those old country stores in barrels, and people would congregate around them to discuss the news of the day – the original water coolers.
Today, Cracker Barrel has 660 locations in 45 states across the nation, welcoming guests home to a simpler time and place, where they are treated like family, with warmth and care. To highlight some of the people and stories that have made Cracker Barrel a home-away-from-home, the company is encouraging guests to celebrate its golden anniversary by sharing their own #CrackerBarrelMoment on social media throughout the remainder of the year.
"Cracker Barrel has been one of America's beloved home-away-from-homes for 50 years, serving as a familiar sign that greets travelers and local communities alike," said Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer
Cracker Barrel has celebrated several milestones along its 50-year journey – from becoming a publicly traded company in 1981; creating the
During its 50th year, Cracker Barrel celebrated with guests in two big ways. In April, the company launched Southern Fried Chicken, making it one of the few casual-dining restaurants with national reach offering bone-in fried chicken to its guests. Beginning in July, Cracker Barrel has highlighted the contributions of women in country music by celebrating some of the industry's most talented artists and shining a spotlight on the next generation through the "Five Decades,
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