Carl Karcher of Carl's Jr restaurant chains

Carl KarcherCarl Nicholas Karcher, (January 16, 1917 – January 11, 2008) was the American founder of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain, now owned by parent company CKE Restaurants, Inc.

Carl karcher's Death:
Carl Karcher died on January 11, 2008 from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Carl Karcher 5 day from his 91st birthday at the time of his death.

Born on a farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Karcher was the son of Ohio natives Leo and Anna Maria (Kuntz) Karcher. Leo Karcher's grandparents had immigrated from Belgium; Anna Maria Kuntz was of German ancestry. Carl N. Karcher moved to Anaheim, California, where his uncle ran a small business. He was hired by his uncle and worked for him for three years, later he dropped that job to work at a bakery as a delivery boy which doubled his salary monthly. He married Margaret Magdalen Heinz Karcher in 1939.

Karcher and his wife started their first business, a hot dog stand, on July 17, 1941 in Los Angeles, California when they borrowed $311 against their Plymouth automobile and added $15 from Margaret's purse. The stand initially sold hot dogs and Mexican tamales. On January 16, 1945, they opened their first restaurant, Carl's Drive-In Barbecue in Anaheim.

Ate at Carl's today

I didn't eat at Carl's Jr. for a year or so. Today, as soon as I heard the news on Carl Karcher's passing, I went to Carl's Jr for a dinner. 

I have a lot of high school memories at Carl's Jr.  Back then going to Carl's Jr was a big treat.  I only went to Carl's Jr. during the weekend with my girlfriend as a big treat. Smile

Carl's Jr

Carl's Jr took away the salad bar.  That's the biggest reason why I haven't gone to Carl's Jr lately.  I don't eat salad bar, but I always eat the hot peppers whenever I eat at Carl's Jr.  Burgers are not the same without hot peppers.  That's why I prefer Tomy's Burger & Habbit over Carl's Jr. 

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