Long John Silver’s was founded in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1969. The company operates a chain of fast and casual seafood restaurants. As of 2011, the company operates as part of LJS Partners, LLC.
Early style restaurants were known for their Cape Cod style buildings and blue roofs. Interiors featured items such as wooden ship wheels, floors that looked like gang planks, thick ropes, nets, and sword shaped door handles. The name of the restaurant, hence the style, was a pirate theme, after the novel Treasure Island.
Today, the company has 1,200 restaurant locations worldwide and employs more than 8,400 people. Long John Silver’s was once part of the Yum! brands but was sold to a group of franchises in 2011.