Cook Out (restaurant)

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Cook Out Restaurants
Industry Restaurants
Genre Quick service restaurant
Founded 1989
Area served
Products hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Carolina-style barbecue, and milkshakes

Cook Out is an American privately owned fast food restaurant chain in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi and Maryland. Founded in Greensboro, North Carolina, the chain has since expanded and now has drive-thru restaurants in over one hundred cities. Most locations consist of a double drive-thru and outdoor seating, while many newer locations also offer traditional indoor seating. The chain itself has grown in size with many locations now spread throughout Virginia.[1]

Cook Out was founded by Morris Reaves.[2] He is currently the owner of the company, with his son Jeremy Reaves serving as CEO. As of December 30, 2016 there are 211 locations.[3]

The restaurant serves grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, North Carolina barbecue, and milkshakes.

The company opened its first out-of-state store in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 30, 2010.[4] Cook Out opened in Clemson and Orangeburg, South Carolina, in 2010. Plans are in the works for more expansion in South Carolina and Virginia.[5] At the very end of 2011, Cook Out opened restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina; Blacksburg, Virginia; and Radford, Virginia. In March 2012, Cook Out opened its first location in Lynchburg, Virginia, and shortly thereafter in Harrisonburg, Virginia.[6] 2013 saw new Cook Out locations in Georgia, and in 2014, there are plans to launch several more Georgia Cook Out locations.[7] In 2016, Cook Out expanded into the state of Mississippi with stores in Oxford, Hattiesburg, and Starkville, and the company's first Alabama location located in Tuscaloosa opened in 2016 as well.[8]


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