Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

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Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Industry Restaurant and Bakery
Founded 1958; 58 years ago (1958)
Headquarters Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Key people
Jeff Warne, CEO
Products Food
Revenue $352.3 million as of FY 2005
Owner Wayzata Investment Partners
Number of employees
Parent Perkins & Marie Callender's
Slogan putting it all on the table

Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, or simply Perkins, is a North American casual dining restaurant chain that serves breakfast throughout the day. It also has a bakery that sells pastries.



The Perkins chain was established in 1958, when Matt and Ivan Perkins opened what was called Perkins Pancake House in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] In the 1960s, the chain expanded as a franchise. One franchisee in Minnesota, Wyman Nelson, introduced an expanded menu and an aggressive advertising campaign in 1967.

From 1969 to 1978, Nelson consolidated Perkins and another chain, Smitty's, into Perkins 'Cake & Steak'. From headquarters in Edina, Minnesota, he assumed nationwide development control of the company, and focused on opening over 220 restaurants. In 1979, Matt and Ivan retired, selling their remaining interest in the company, including trademark and distribution rights. In August 1979, Perkins became a wholly owned subsidiary of Memphis-based Holiday Inns, Inc.; corporate headquarters were established in Tennessee.


In 1985 restaurant entrepreneur Donald N. Smith, who then served on the Board of Directors of Holiday Inns, purchased an ownership interest in Perkins, becoming Chairman of the Board and the company's CEO. Smith remodeled buildings, and introduced in-store bakeries, distinctive brand imagery, and standardized signage. The company became focused on table-service family dining.

The company was renamed Perkins Family Restaurants in 1987 and was organized into a master limited partnership with interests publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The corporation expanded into Canada, opening a restaurant in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 1990, the company began its philanthropic relationship with Give Kids the World, contributing money and meals to the Florida-based charity for terminally ill children globally.

In the 1990's, Perkins left the Rochester area but came back in 2001 then left again in 2012 along with Buffalo.

In 1992 the company introduced a new building design, with the prototype restaurant opening in Springfield, Illinois, with an arched exterior façade with neon lights and an interior design with a central kitchen and baking with separate dining wings.

Matt died of heart disease in 1991 at age 79[2] and Ivan died on February 11, 1998.[1] Ivan also leaves his wife, Cecilia Perkins; sons, Michael Perkins and Dr. Patrick Perkins, daughters, Kathleen Widup, Peggy Perkins and Marlene Sullivan; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.[1] At the time of Ivan's death, the franchise had 462 restaurants in 32 states.[1]


In the 2000s, Perkins underwent business changes. In 2000, it merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of The Restaurant Company (TRC).[3][4] In 2005, TRC was acquired by Castle Harlan, a New York-based private equity investment firm, for approximately US$245 million.[5][6] In May 2006, the parent company also acquired Marie Callender's, a chain of casual dining restaurants also known for their freshly baked pies.[7]

By 2011 the company, now PMCI, was in financial trouble. In June, many restaurants were closed with no notice given to customers or staff. Closures were in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, and Minnesota.[8][9][10][11][12][13] Later that month, Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. PMCI closed about 65 restaurants and laid off 2,500 workers. In the bankruptcy proceedings PMCI listed assets of $290 million and liabilities of $441 million. PMCI emerged from bankruptcy at the end of November 2011 under the control of Wayzata Investment Partners, but continued to experience difficulties: in May 2012, it was announced that all western New York Perkins restaurants would close.[14][15]

Ivan's wife Cecilia died February 25, 2013 at age 97.[16]


Most staff at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery are full-time staff. However, staff are required to work as many as 10 hours per day in the busier locations, which are usually busier on weekends. All locations are operated 24/7, except for Christmas Day. Workers are required to work overnights and also mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Sometimes workers are not given enough consecutive hours between work. This has led to criticism and suggestion that restaurants should have an overnight crew, instead of having their workforce work all hours of the day. Some restaurants have also been blamed for bad customer service and very little or no discipline as a result.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Ohio Obituary and Death Notice Archive". Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Matthew R. Perkins, Restaurant Founder, 79". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. January 5, 1991. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Perkins Family Restaurants, L.P. Completes Merger". PR Newswire. December 23, 2000. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Perkins Family Rest.,LP". Bloomberg News. Bloomberg L.P. 
  5. ^ "Castle Harlan Agrees To Buy Perkins Family Restaurants". September 6, 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2005. 
  6. ^ "Castle Harlan Completes Purchase Of Perkins Family Restaurants". Castle Harlan. September 6, 2005. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Perkins, Marie Callender's Complete Combination". May 3, 2006. Retrieved May 7, 2006. 
  8. ^ "June 2011 Closure - Michigan". 
  9. ^ "June 2011 Closure - Walnut Creek/Concord, CA". The San Francisco Chronicle. June 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "June 2011 Closure - Spokane, WA". 
  11. ^ "June 2011 Closure - Santa Rosa, CA". 
  12. ^ "June 2011 Closure - Orlando, FL". 
  13. ^ "June 2011 Closure - Colorado". 
  14. ^ "Perkins emerges from bankruptcy with Wayzata firm in control". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
  15. ^ McCarty, Dawn; Milford, Phil; Smith, Heather (June 13, 2011). "Bankruptcy". Bloomberg. 
  16. ^ "Cecilia Perkins". Retrieved August 20, 2015. 

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