Cook Out restaurant was founded in 1989 in Greensboro, North Carolina by current owner Morris Reaves. The company operates a chain of burger restaurants in 10 states. Cook Out is family-owned, with Jeremy Reaves, son of founder Morris Reaves, working as CEO.
The company has 244 locations and continues to expand, opening two locations in Virginia in 2019. Cook Out serves the usual hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and French fries, but uses a special North Carolina BBQ sauce.
Cook Out is not a franchise. In October 2019, the city of Greensboro was investigating a Cook Out location for possible illegal dumping when an employee was found to be washing greasy dishes and dumping the dirty wash water onto the ground near a local creek. The city notes that this particular location has been cited for similar violations in the past.
In November 2019, a North Carolina location refused service to a police officer and veteran. Both the cashier and the restaurant manager were fired by the District Manager.
The corporate office for Cook Out is still located in Greensboro, North Carolina.