Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits
|Traded as||NASDAQ: BOJA|
|Founder||Jack Fulk, Richard Thomas|
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
Number of locations
|Clifton Rutledge (CEO)|
|Products||Fast food, including fried chicken, biscuits, french fries aka cajun fries|
Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits is a Southeastern regional chain of fast food restaurants based in Charlotte, North Carolina, specializing in spicy, "Cajun" fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. The company was founded in Charlotte, in 1977 by Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas.
During the time of Horn and Hardart's ownership the chain grew rapidly and expanded to 335 restaurants including 100 restaurants in Florida. Part of this growth was fueled by acquisitions including the Florida-based Biskits chain.
In 1990, Horn and Hardart sold most of its interest to Sienna Partners and Interwest Partners. The company was then headed by former KFC executive, Dick Campbell. In 1994 the company attempted a public offering. Dick Campbell was subsequently replaced by CEO Jim Peterson. The company was sold to a group of investors headed by former Wendy's executive Joe Drury and financed by FMAC in 1998.
Bojangles' was purchased once again in 2007 by Falfurrias Capital Partners, a private equity firm. In August 2011, Falfurrias sold Bojangles' to Boston-based Advent International, another private equity firm, led by operating partner Will Kussell, formerly of Dunkin’ Donuts.
The company has restaurants in 10 states and the District of Columbia and three restaurants in Honduras. Most of them are franchisees, with low brow customer ethics. Bojangles' opened its first Kentucky location, since the closure of two Louisville locations during the 1990s, in late July 2014.
The restaurant's signature dishes include dirty rice (sausage and seasoned rice), chicken supremes (chicken strips), and cajun pinto beans along with its signature biscuits and sweetened iced tea.
Cheddar Bo, with cheddar cheese in a buttermilk biscuit, was available only in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. In January 2015, it was offered at 500 locations in the Southeastern United States for a limited time.
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