Quaker Steak & Lube
United States (1974 )
|Founder(s)||George "Jig" Warren III,
Gary "Moe" Meszaros
|Number of locations||59 (58 in the United States, 1 in Canada)|
|Area served||North America|
Quaker Steak & Lube is a casual dining restaurant chain based in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The original restaurant was built in 1974 by George "Jig" Warren and Gary "Mo" Meszaros in an abandoned gas station in downtown Sharon, and decorated with license plates and old automobiles. Originally a "cook-your-own-steak" establishment, Quaker Steak's signature dish is now its chicken wings and the variety of sauces used to season them.
In 1974, gas stations across the country were closing in the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis. George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros came up with the idea of preserving the culture of old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars. They opened Quaker Steak & Lube, initially a "cook-your-own-steak" restaurant that showcased old muscle cars. The original location included a 1936 Chevrolet on the original hydraulic grease rack.
As of 7 August 2013[update], there are 59 restaurant locations, with three additional locations scheduled to open soon (two in PA, one in WI). The majority of the current locations operate in eastern Ohio and western and central Pennsylvania. Locations do, however, span the United States including one location outside Denver, Colorado and another location in Clearwater, Florida. There is also a Quaker Steak & Lube location inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There are plans to open a location in Indianapolis at the former Loon Lake Lodge restaurant, which closed in June 2010. There is one opening on the Frisco/Plano border in North Texas (Dallas). December, 2012 a restaurant opened in Fargo, ND. Rapid City SD recently added its own to the chain. There is a brand new location in Medina Ohio as of 11/4/13
The restaurant is known for its chicken wing hot sauce flavors, which are depicted on the Scoville scale. The hottest flavor is the "Triple Atomic Sauce", which is made from the ghost pepper. The Atomic flavor is sold individually in a dropper bottle sealed in an oversized childproof prescription container. Customers must sign a liability waiver. 
|Super-Charged (formerly "Suicide")||30,000|
|Thai 'R' Cracker||1,850|
|Dusted Salt & Vinegar (Discontinued as of May 2011)||1,500|
|Thaisian (New for 2011)||1,400|
|Tequila Lime BBQ||1,150|
|Dusted Chipotle BBQ||900|
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania location was featured in the Travel Channel series Man v. Food. The episode's challenge was to consume six "Atomic" chicken wings, at the time the strongest wings on Quaker Steak's menu. Host Adam Richman completed the challenge in the allotted time and was awarded a commemorative bumper sticker and a place on the restaurant's "Atomic Wall of Flame".
- "Quaker Steak & Lube - History". Retrieved August 10, 2009.
- "Quaker Steak & Lube - Locations". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
- Indianapolis Business Journal: "Closing of Loon Lake Lodge Restaurant Marks End of Laughner family era"
- "Quaker Steak and Lube menu" (PDF). Retrieved August 10, 2009.
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- The News Now Network » Quaker Steak Caves To Community Complaints
- "Quaker Steak & Lube - History/awards". Retrieved August 10, 2009.
- "Quaker Steak & Lube featured on Travel Channel". Youngstown Vindicator. December 16, 2008.
- Rozwadowski, Thomas (January 8, 2009). "Viewers win battle of "Man v. Food"". Green Bay Press-Gazette.