Founded in 1941 in downtown Los Angeles, California, by Carl Karcher and his wife Margaret, Carl’s Jr. is now one of the largest franchised fast food restaurant chains in the U.S. Karcher and his wife borrowed $300 against their car to buy a hot dog cart. Within one year, the couple owned 4 hot dog carts and the following year they moved to Anaheim, California, to open their first drive-through restaurant, Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque. Although the company is known for hamburgers today, those were not actually added to the menu until 1945.
In January 2019, the company announced that it was going to introduce a plant-based burger called Beyond Famous Star.
Carl’s Jr. announced that it was testing a burger for one day only which features a CBD based sauce. If it proves to be popular, it might make the regular menu.
Today, Carl’s Jr. has 3,664 franchises in 44 states in the U.S. and internationally. The company has 200 restaurants in Mexico, alone. Carl’s Jr. is known for good quality burgers, better than most other fast food locations, as well as partial table service. Carl’s Jr. is a subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, Inc.