Cook Out (restaurant)

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Cook Out
GenreQuick service restaurant
Founded1989; 32 years ago (1989)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
FounderMorris Reaves
15 Laura Lane Suite 300, Thomasville, North Carolina
Number of locations
290 as of May 2021
Area served
Key people
Jeremy Reaves (CEO)
ProductsHamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Carolina-style barbecue, and milkshakes
Revenue$200 Million[1]
OwnerMorris Reaves
Number of employees
3,000 as of May 2021[2]

Cook Out is a privately owned American fast food restaurant chain operating in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Founded in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989,[3] the chain has since expanded and now has drive-thru restaurants in over 100 cities. The chain itself has grown in size with many locations now spread throughout the Southeastern US.[4]


Cook Out was founded by Morris Reaves in 1989.[5] He is currently the owner of the company, with his son, Jeremy Reaves, serving as the CEO.

The first Cook Out location opened in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989. After opening the first location, over 50 more locations opened in the state of North Carolina before expanding out of the state.[6] As of May 2021, there are 290 locations operating in ten states.

The company opened its first out-of-state store in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 30, 2010.[7] Cook Out opened in Clemson and Orangeburg, South Carolina, in 2010. 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.[8] 2013 saw new Cook Out locations in Georgia, and in 2014, there are plans to launch several more Georgia Cook Out locations.[9] In 2016, Cook Out expanded into the state of Mississippi with stores in Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, and Starkville, and the company's first Alabama location, in Tuscaloosa.[10] Other locations in Alabama include Jacksonville (July 2017),[11] Auburn (Dec 2017), Huntsville (Jan 2018), Opelika (May 2018), Troy (June 2018), Mobile (Dec 2018), Montgomery (Jan 2019) & Birmingham (Jan 2021). In 2018, Cook Out expanded its Virginia locations adding Collinsville, Virginia which opened in September 2019.[12]


Their menu primarily features grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, North Carolina barbecue[3] and even quesadillas.[13] A signature to their menu is the Cook Out Tray which features massive combinations of entrees, sides and a drink for a low price. Another feature of Cook Out's menu is their vast selection of milkshakes.[14] They serve almost 40 flavors of their fancy milkshakes year-round, and seasonally add flavors like Fresh Watermelon in July and August and Fresh Eggnog in December. A featured drink on their menu is Cheerwine, a local North Carolina cherry soda usually only served in North Carolina and surrounding states.[13]


  1. ^ "Cook Out Overview". Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Cook Out Overview". Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Could This North Carolina Fast Food Favorite Be The Next Five Guys?". Food & Wine. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Cook Out Restaurant Raleigh-Garner-Durham -Review of Cook Out Restaurant Raleigh-Durham". Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ Cook Out Restaurant,
  6. ^ "Company | COOK OUT". Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  7. ^ "Cook-Out to crank up its first grill in Spartanburg".
  8. ^ "Business Booming at New Cook Out in Lynchburg".
  9. ^ "Cook-Out rolls into Rome cook out is opening a store in Easley, South Carolina by the end of December 2015 or very soon after in 2016".
  10. ^ "New restaurants coming to 15th Street". Tuscaloosa News.
  11. ^ Thornton, William (July 17, 2017). "Cook Out now open in Jacksonville". Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  12. ^ "Cook Out in Collinsville opens Tuesday evening". Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Menu | COOK OUT". Retrieved 2020-11-12.
  14. ^ "Shakes | COOK OUT". Retrieved 2020-11-12.

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