Shari's Cafe & Pies
|Founded||1978, Hermiston, Oregon|
|Samuel Borgese, CEO|
|Revenue||$97.6 million (2006)|
|Owner||Circle Peak Capital|
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references
Shari's Cafe & Pies, originally known as Shari's Restaurants, is a chain of family dining restaurants in the western United States. Shari's is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Shari's currently has 98 locations in California, Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Shari's features a distinctive hexagonal building design for most of its restaurant locations. The original restaurant was opened in Hermiston, Oregon in 1978. Its corporate offices are located in the Progress area of Beaverton, Oregon. Since approximately the middle of 2011–2012, the chain has updated its logo and bills itself on signs and in media as "Shari's Cafe & Pies."
Shari’s began in Hermiston, Oregon in 1978 with Ron and Sharon Bergquist as proprietors. The two ran the company for seven years. By 1999, Shari’s was the ninth largest family restaurant chain in the United States based on total sales, and sixth in growth.
In March 1999, the chain was acquired by Fairmont Capital Inc. for $60 million. At that time Shari’s operated 96 locations in seven states with 4,000 employees and $128 million in annual revenue. They were still the ninth largest family chain in 2003.
Shari’s lost a gender discrimination lawsuit in April 2005 and was ordered to pay $122,225 in damages. Then, in December 2005, the company was purchased by New York private investment firm Circle Peak Capital.
President Larry Curtis retired in July 2008 after 24 years with Shari's and was succeeded by Bruce MacDiarmid.
As of August 2017, the company operated 95 locations in the states of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska, and Wyoming. It is currently operated by Sharis Management Corporation in Beaverton. All locations are open 24 hours a day, with a focus on specialty pies. Samuel Borgese was named CEO in September 2017, replacing MacDiarmid.
Shari's restaurants are notable for their patented hexagonal design. The Bergquists originally sought to sell their patented idea to another company, but when they were unable to find a restaurant company willing to buy they started their own chain in Hermiston. Most Shari's restaurants are built to this design; it places the kitchen in the center of the restaurant, providing easy access for the waiting staff to serve customers, and increases the number of tables next to a window.
Historically, upon entering a Shari's restaurant the dining area was divided by half, with one half on either side of the entrance. One side would allow smoking and the other would be non-smoking. Today the restaurants are non-smoking; however some Shari's restaurants have opened up video lottery rooms (some of which allow smoking) which occupy a portion of the former dining room and are walled off.
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- Marum, Anna (September 8, 2017). "New Shari's CEO to put 'healthier twist' on menu". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- Hoovers: Shari's Management Corporation
- Shari’s: Our History
- Family chains fight back with acquisitions, reduced unit size. Nation's Restaurant News, July 26, 1999.
- Fairmont, execs buy Shari's chain for $ 60M. Nation's Restaurant News, March 15, 1999.
- Most second-tier family brands seek recovery from sales slippage; Special Report: Second 100. Nation's Restaurant News, July 28, 2003.
- Gresham man wins gender-bias suit. The Oregonian, April 20, 2005.
- "Gay man wins lawsuit against Shari's". Eugene Register-Guard (via Google News). April 22, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- "Sharis Promotes Vickie Irish to Vice President of People Engagement and Development". IT Business Net Press Release. August 31, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
- US 4259816, Bergquist, Ron B., "Restaurant facility", published April 7, 1981