About GKRM, Inc. – Braselton, GA 2007
GKRM Inc., a Georgia Corporation and it affiliate companies established in 2007 by principals JD Graves and Johnathan Kneff as a operating and holding company for QSR locations across the Southeast. A lifetime friendship led both JD and Johnathan from there early roots in Northern California to Braselton, Georgia where their corporate headquarters are located today. The company presently owns and operates 25 locations in South Carolina, Georgia and California doing business as Long John Silver’s and A&W Restaurants where it employs 350 people. Several real estate holdings include tenants such as Taco Bell and Hibachi Express.
About Long John Silver’s- Lexington, KY. 1969:
An enterprising businessman and restaurateur named Jim Patterson returns from a vacation on the coast where he’d experienced a truly exceptional Fish and Chips meal. His vision was simple: Bring this unique seafood experience from the coast to the rest of America so they can experience it, too. The next several decades saw Long John Silver’s expand across the country. With our iconic steeple-roofed Cape Cod restaurants and one-of-a-kind menu, Long John Silver’s introduced more and more guests to great-tasting fish, chicken, shrimp and more. Our new journey began two years ago when Long John Silver’s was purchased by a newly created group of owners and operators—people who had been part of the Long John Silver’s family for decades, including the founder himself and his son.
About A&W Restaurants- Lodi, California June, 1919:
A&W Restaurants, Inc., is a chain of fast-food restaurants distinguished by its draft root beer and root beer floats. A&W started opening franchises in California in 1923. The company name was taken from the surname initials of partners Roy W. Allen and Frank Wright. The company became famous in the United States for its “frosty mugs”, where the mug would be kept in the freezer prior to being filled with root beer and served to the customer. Today, it has franchise locations throughout much of the world, serving a typical fast-food menu of hamburgers and French fries, as well as hot dogs. A number of its outlets are drive-in restaurants with carhops. Previously owned by Yum! Brands, the chain was sold to a consortium of A&W franchisees, through A Great American Brand, LLC, in December 2011. A&W restaurants in Canada have been part of a separate and unaffiliated chain since 1972.