Initially founded in 1969 by business owner Charlie Watkins, the O’Charley’s chain of family dining restaurants grew to more than 240 franchised operations after its sale to restaurateur, David K Wachtel. Wachtel, the brains behind the Shoney’s chain of diner-type restaurants, succeeded in bringing the O’Charley’s restaurant from small town diner into the larger, fast growing franchise opportunities of the early 1980’s.
While retaining its small town, diner-style appeal, Wachtel leapt one step above his previous accomplishments at Shoney’s. By melding the appeal of the familiar and comforting family oriented environment with the added atmosphere of spontaneity, O’Charley’s offers its diners a place steeped in a fun and casual setting while ensuring a variety of menu items to its patrons.
O’Charley’s is best known for their rolls. With their slogan, “It all starts with the rolls” and a fun jingle-type “story” of how their rolls are made and served in their restaurants, the O’Charley’s website makes for a fun excursion from the usual corporate message and product placement. Offering a soft texture and lightly sweetened buttery flavor, O’Charley’s rolls are among the top selling items and most anticipated food products on their menus today.
Among its most popular specials, O’Charley’s 2 meals for $14.99 menu deal offer usual favorites from the O’Charley’s menu including burgers, toasted sandwiches, pastas as well as fish and chicken dishes with each meal being served with a side item.
O’Charley’s is known not only for being placed in convenient locations throughout areas stretching from Wisconsin to Florida, but also for its multi-service brand of serving its customers. Offering patron’s curbside delivery at some locations and fast phone ordering with special parking for inside “to-go” pick up at all locations, each O’Charley’s restaurant recognizes and understands the fast paced schedules and special needs of today’s busy restaurant patrons.
O’Charley’s franchises are located in areas where many other family dining type establishments have lost their footing. While fast food competitors aim at an easy to grab meal, O’Charley’s patrons are considered with a regard for their destination. Deliberately located in areas near malls, theaters and places largely enjoyed during weekends or evenings out, O’Charley’s seeks to retain the social market which enjoys an evening meal with friends while anticipating a later sporting event, movie or concert. With these circumstances in mind, O’Charley’s locations are deliberately placed on or near locations such as these making for a convenient transition from event to meal time enjoyment.
When available, current and printable coupons for O’Charley’s may be found on grocery coupon sites and general coupon sites like RetailMeNot. Patrons may also call their local O’Charley’s establishment to check out their advertised offers. With the advantage of children 12 and under eating free (limit two per paying adult) each day of the week, that’s a savings of nearly $15.00. With offers as these, dining out at any O’Charley’s casual dining restaurant can be inexpensively enjoyed by the entire family any day of the week.