Po' Folks (restaurant)

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Po' Folks
Industry Casual Dining Restaurants
Founded Anderson, South Carolina, 1975
Founders Malcom Hare
Headquarters United States
Number of locations 8
Area served Southern United States

Po' Folks is an American family restaurant chain. It was founded in 1975 in Anderson, South Carolina. Between 1982 and 1988, Po' Folks was operated by the fast food chain Krystal.

History[edit]

The first Po' Folks was opened in 1975 in Anderson, South Carolina by Malcom Hare.[1][2]

The restaurant was named after a 1961 hit single by country music singer Bill Anderson.[3] Although Anderson initially planned to file a lawsuit against the chain for use of the name, he later sold the rights of the name to the chain,[4] and served as a spokesperson for it. He and Conway Twitty also acquired franchise rights to a location in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983.[2]

Krystal acquired Po' Folks in 1982 and continued to expand it. By 1984, the chain had 102 restaurants in 17 states. Eric A. Holm (now with Golden Corral) was director of construction and accused of taking bribes for favorable construction deals. [5] Krystal later merged Po' Folks with DavCo, a division of the company which franchised Wendy's restaurants.[6] In 1988, Po' Folks filed for bankruptcy.[7] As a result, the Po' Folks restaurants were sold off, and the remaining assets continued to operate as DavCo.[6] There are still 8 Po Folks operating in the Southeast. Seven of which are owned by Peter Sostheim in the Panhandle of Florida and Enterprise Alabama, as well as one in St. Petersburg Florida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Po' Folks: the new kids in town". Lakeland Ledger. 20 October 1983. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2 Entertainers Get Franchise Rights, Will Build Po Folks Restaurant in City". NewsOK.com. 3 July 1983. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Kingsbury, Paul. The Encyclopedia of Country Music. p. 13. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Bill (1989). Whisperin' Bill: An Autobiography. Longstreet Press. p. 305. 
  5. ^ "Reynolds will join Po' Folks". Kentucky New Era. 27 March 1984. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "DavCo Restaurants". Hoovers. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "No title". Restaurant Business 88 (1-3): 301. 1989. 

External links[edit]

Restaurant Website

Po' Folks customer reviews on Trip Advisor