Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries
|Genre||Fast casual restaurant|
|Founded||Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S. (1991)|
|Headquarters||Mount Olive, North Carolina, U.S.|
Number of locations
|United States, Denmark and the United Arab Emirates|
Kenney Moore, CEO and Founder|
Neal Dennis, COO
|Products||Hamburgers, Frozen custard, French fries, Cheesesteaks|
Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is a fast casual restaurant chain that operates primarily on the East Coast of the United States. Formerly known as Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers, the first location opened in Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1991. It now has 169 restaurants in the United States, United Arab Emirates and Denmark.
Kenney Moore began the business in 1991 by opening a defunct restaurant in Goldsboro, North Carolina's Berkeley Mall. He asked the owners of his equipment to in-house finance his operation as he only had $500 to his name. Moore quickly acquired three more closed restaurants and found himself $30,000 in debt to his foodservice distributor. After adapting Robert K. Greenleaf's philosophy of servant leadership, his fortunes turned. Moore switched to a franchisee style of ownership and Andy's Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers expanded throughout Eastern North Carolina.
In February 2012, Andy's announced that it had changed its name to Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, an homage to North Carolina Highway 55, which runs across the state. The company's decor, always influenced by 1950s-era diners, also took on a pink-and-teal color scheme. In May, the company opened a franchised store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the first location outside the state of North Carolina. The first international locations followed in 2014 with openings in Abu Dhabi. In 2012, Moore said that he hopes to open 500 restaurants globally in the next seven years.
Hwy 55 is known for its fresh made burger, which was named the best in the industry by BurgerBusiness.com in 2012. Southeastern radio personalities John Boy & Billy lend their names to two sandwiches, which use the duo's "Grillin' Sauce." Other items include frozen custard, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, and French fries. Kids' meals come served in a cardboard car, normally styled after a '50s or '60s muscle car.
A Hwy 55 restaurant usually has a 1950s theme, with pink-and-teal color accents and '50s decor mounted on the walls. Kitchens are open, and customers can watch cooks grill their food from the bar area. Customers order at their table from a waiter or waitress.
In 2006, Hwy 55 created the Andy's Charitable Foundation, Inc. as a 501(C)3 corporation with the "mission to serve the common good of all people in our hometowns." To date, it has raised over $1,400,000 for local charities, including the Miracle League of the Triangle, of which it is a major sponsor. A Miracle League field in Cary, North Carolina is named after the foundation.
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