Captain D's

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Captain D’s
IndustryFast casual restaurant
FoundedAugust 15, 1969 in Donelson, Tennessee, U.S.
FounderRaymond L. Danner, Sr.
Number of locations
Key people
Phil Greifeld (President & CEO)
Number of employees
ParentSentinel Capital Partners

Captain D's is a U.S.-based chain of fast casual seafood restaurants specializing in seafood and their first one opening in Donelson, Tennessee, on August 15, 1969. Known originally as Mr. D's Seafood and Hamburgers, Captain D's changed its company name to Captain D's Seafood in 1974 to focus more exclusively on its classic fish and chips, shrimp and side dishes.


Throughout the 1970s, the company grew rapidly and added special programs like the Kids’ Birthday Club and children's comic books. During the 1980s and 1990s, the company's logo and building design evolved.[2]

On September 13, 2010, Phil Greifeld was appointed CEO of Captain D's.[3]

On December 19, 2011 Captain D's acquired Grandy's.[1]

Throughout 2016, Captain D's experienced a surge of franchise and corporate development, with 13 new locations opened, along with numerous development agreements signed to open additional restaurants. This ongoing growth expanded the brand's presence in states nationwide, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Captain D's". Crunchbase. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Captain D's | Our Story". Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  3. ^ "Captain D's lands Huddle House CEO". August 24, 2010. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  4. ^ "Captain D's Franchise Achieves 20th Consecutive Quarter of System-Wide Growth". Captain D's. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2017-10-23.