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QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® FEATURED ON TRAVEL CHANNEL’S MAN VS. FOOD

Sharon, PA – Quaker Steak & Lube® was recently featured on the new Travel Channel original series, Man vs. Food. In the show, host Adam Richman travels the country in search of the best places for serious food indulgence! His quest landed him in the Pittsburgh market at the Robinson Lube to film a day’s work of Best Wings USA, featuring the flaming Atomic Sauce. Pittsburgh landed on the visitation schedule because of the city’s unique culture, comfy foods and one-of-a-kind restaurants.

Adam Richman’s lengthy restaurant experience and a lifelong passion for food provided a gastronomical compass to the best spots to taste American’s iconic dishes. After hunting down the can’t-miss flavors that make up each region’s unique culinary history, Adam has vowed to take on each city’s toughest food challenges. This is how he landed at Quaker Steak & Lube® – to take on our Atomic Wing Challenge!

And he did…his face was smokin’…and he finished! Visit www.travelchannel.com for a complete listing. The Pittsburgh episode has aired several times and will likely re-air if you happened to miss it!

SO.. What did it do for the Quaker Steak & Lube® brand? The Lube’s Retail sauces are flying off the palates! A sales record has been set for December 2008 with total sales of $20,445.00 as of 12/30/08. The Atomic Sauce sales have also broken the record. On average, The Lube® may get one order a week for Atomic Sauce over the internet. In the first 10 days that the show aired, orders for 244 Atomic Sauces were placed. That’s 25 a day!! Did your “in store” Atomic sales increase? The Atomic Sauce went all the way to Maine, Alaska and Hawaii and many other areas across the United States.



“BEST WINGS USA” QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® OPENS BUFFALO RESTAURANT

LANCASTER, NY – SCOTT ENTERPRISES IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF A NEW QUAKER STEAK & LUBE®, AMERICA’S #1 MOTORSPORTS THEMED RESTAURANT, AT 6727 TRANSIT ROAD IN LANCASTER, NY. THE BUFFALO LOCATION IS THE SECOND QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® FRANCHISE OPENED BY SCOTT ENTERPRISES BUT THE FIRST OUTSIDE OF PENNSYLVANIA.

THE BUFFALO QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® WILL SEAT OVER 250 GUESTS, FEATURE TWO BARS AND MORE THAN (30) 5O INCH HD PLASMA TVS. QUAKER STEAK & LUBE®, VOTED “BEST WINGS USA,” IS HOME TO 19 SIGNATURE CHICKEN WINGSAUCES IN ADDITION TO A VARIETY OF AWARD-WINNING FOOD INCLUDING BURGERS, SANDWICHES, FRESH SALADS, STEAKS, RIBS AND A KIDS MENU.

HISTORY

THE ORIGINAL QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® WAS FOUNDED IN 1974 AND BUILT IN AN ABANDONED GAS STATION IN SHARON, PA AS A COOK-YOUR-OWN STEAK RESTAURANT. AFTER A VISIT TO THE ANCHOR BAR IN BUFFALO, NY, CHICKEN WINGS WERE INCLUDED IN THE MENU. AS THE COMPANY BEGAN TO BECOME PROFITABLE, A FULL-SIZE KITCHEN WAS ADDED. TODAY, THE LUBE® HAS WON OVER 100 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR THEIR WINGS. THE COMPANY BEGAN FRANCHISING IN 1997 AND HAS PLANS TO OPEN EIGHT MORE RESTAURANTS IN 2008. THE BUFFALO QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® WILL BE THE 30TH FRANCHISE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

MARKETING

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® CLAIMS A WIDE AND HIGHLY LOYAL BASE OF CUSTOMERS, A DEMOGRAPHIC THAT CHAIN EXECUTIVES CALL “2 TO 82.” ON ANY GIVEN DAY, THE RESTAURANT WILL BE VISITED BY ALL DEMOGRAPHICS, INCLUDING SINGLES, COUPLES, FAMILIES, SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS, SENIORS AND THE YOUNG WITHOUT SKEWING HEAVILY TO ANY ONE GROUP. THE APPEAL, OUTSIDE OF THE RACE CARS, VINTAGE CARS AND MOTORCYCLES, IS THE FOOD. “IT’S THE VERY CENTER OF THE TABLE STUFF,” GARY MESZAROS, CO-FOUNDER STATES. “WE SERVE BUCKETS OF AWARD-WINNING WINGS, BUCKETS OF SIGNATURE APPETIZERS, A RACK OF RIBS MEANT TO BE SHARED, HEALTHY HAMBURGERS, NICE SALADS, DISTINCTIVE DRINKS AND KID’S MEALS.”

THE LUBE® ATTRACTS CUSTOMERS NEAR AND FAR THROUGH PROMOTIONS AND SPECIAL EVENTS. FAMOUS FOR BIKE NITES, ITS TYPICAL FOR 1,000 TO 2,000 BIKERS TO ENJOY GREAT MUSIC, ACTIVITIES, PRIZES AND ALL THE EXCITEMENT EACH WEEK. THE CLEVELAND, OHIO LOCATION HOLDS THE RECORD WITH 7,200 BIKERS IN ONE NIGHT. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT WING NIGHT IS POPULAR WITH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS. IT’S THE RESTAURANT’S HOPE THAT THESE STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE TO VISIT THE LUBE® AFTER GRADUATION, ONCE MARRIED AND THEN WITH THEIR KIDS. THE LUBE® IS PROUD TO HAVE GENERATIONS OF CUSTOMERS FROM LOYAL FAMILIES.

AWARDS

QUAKER STEAK & LUBE®, VOTED “BEST WINGS USA,” WAS RECENTLY NAMED BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY DINING IN CLEVELAND MARKET AND BROUGHT HOME 1ST AND 2ND PLACES FOR CHICKEN WING SAUCES FROM THE NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL IN BUFFALO, NY. THE LUBE ALSO WON THREE GOLDEN CHILE AWARDS (1ST PLACE) FOR ITS SAUCES AT THE FIERY FOOD CHALLENGE AND RECENTLY WON FOR BEST CREATIVE TOPPINGS AT THE NATIONAL HAMBURGER FESTIVAL FOR ITS LEGENDARY LUBEBURGER.

NICK SCOTT JR., VICE PRESIDENT OF SCOTT ENTERPRISES STATED “THE LUBE® CONCEPT IS A UNIQUE BLEND OF GREAT SERVICE, AWARD-WINNING FOOD INCLUDING THE BEST WINGS USA, SUPERCHARGED EVENTS AND THE MOST UNIQUE MOTORSPORTS-THEMED DÉCOR IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY.”



QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® TAKES THREE AWARDS AT THE 2009 FIERY FOOD CHALLENGE

Sharon, PA  -  On September 5, 2008, the most prestigious awards in the spicy food industry were distributed at a gala banquet in Fort Worth, Texas, and Quaker Steak & Lube® came out on top.

The following are the awards won by category:

Cook-Off, Food

  • Dry Seasoning/Rub
  • 1st Place – Quaker Steak & Lube®, “Dusted Chipotle BBQ”

Cook-Off, Food

  • Wing Sauce Extra Hot
  • 2nd Place – Quaker Steak & Lube®, “SuperCharged”

Consumer Ready – BBQ Sauce

  • Specialty
  • 3rd Place – Quaker Steak & Lube®, “Asian Sesame”

The Fiery Food Challenge, a competition sponsored by Chile Pepper magazine, pits products against one another in more than 80 categories. Professional judges evaluate hundreds of sauces, salsas and other spicy treats and award first, second and third prizes in each category. Awards are proudly displayed at ZestFest, a spicy food event held the same week as the Fiery Food Challenge, at the Will Rogers Center in Fort Worth.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted Best Wings USA, is a family friendly restaurant with a motor-themed atmosphere. Founded in Sharon, PA in 1974, Quaker Steak & Lube® houses unique décor, including race cars hanging from the ceilings and motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia decorate the walls. The Lube began franchising in 1997 and currently has 25 locations in nine states. Quaker Steak & Lube® has plans to expand to over 50 company-owned and franchise locations by the end of 2009.

Visit www.quakersteakandlube.com for more information or to order our award-winning products.



SCRANTON QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® TO OPEN IN OCTOBER

Sharon, PAQuaker Steak & Lube® will be opening its 30th restaurant in Scranton/Dickson City, PA, on October 15.  The new building will sit at 4005 Commerce Blvd. in Dickson City. The Scranton Lube will feature all the same favorite menu selections as the other Quaker Steak & Lube® locations, along with “All-You-Can-Eat Wings” every Tuesday and our world famous “Bike Nite” every Wednesday!  Watch for many more exciting events coming to The Lube® all week long including Car Cruise-In events, Family Night, Live Entertainment, Service Industry Night, Happy Hour and much more!  There will ALWAYS be something great going on at The Scranton Lube!

The Scranton Quaker Steak & Lube® will seat over 250 guests, house two bars with one being an outside patio bar and employ 150 to 180 people.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted “Best Wings USA,” is home to 18 signature chicken wing sauces in addition to a variety of Award-Winning food to include burgers, sandwiches, fresh salads, steaks, ribs and a Kids menu.   “The Lube®” as its known, is motor-sports themed and encompasses the most unique décor in the restaurant industry.

Russ Berner, owner of the new Quaker Steak & Lube® in Scranton is very excited to be building his second Lube restaurant in the system.

“The Lube® concept is a unique blend of great service, award-winning food to include Best Wings USA, supercharged events and the most unique motorsports-themed décor in the restaurant industry,” said Berner.

Quaker Steak & Lube® claims a wide and highly loyal base of customers, a demographic that chain executives call “2 to 82”. On any given day, the restaurant will be visited by all demographics, including singles, couples, families, sports enthusiasts, seniors and the young without skewing heavily to any one group. The appeal, outside of the race cars, vintage cars and motorcycles, is the food. “It’s the very center of the table stuff,” Gary Meszaros, Co-Founder states. “We serve buckets of Award-Winning wings, buckets of signature appetizers, a rack of ribs meant to be shared, healthy hamburgers, nice salads, distinctive drinks and kid’s meals.”  

And, when off-site catering is needed, for small or large gatherings, the Scranton Lube will be ready for you! Just call 570.489.LUBE (5823).

The Lube® also relies on event marketing to attract customers. On Bike Nite, for example, it’s typical for 1,000…2,000…even 3,000 bikers to pull into the parking lot of most any Quaker Steak & Lube® location! The Cleveland, Ohio Quaker Steak & Lube® holds the record with 7,200 bikers in one night. All-You-Can-Eat Wing Night is popular with high school and college students. It’s the restaurant’s hope that these students will continue to visit The Lube® after graduation, once married and then with their kids. The Lube® is proud to have generations of customers from loyal families.

The original Quaker Steak & Lube® was founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pennsylvania as a cook-your-own steak restaurant. After a visit to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, chicken wings were included in the menu. As the company began to become profitable, a full-size kitchen was added.  Today, The Lube® has won over 100 national and international awards for their wings and 18 different wing sauces.  The Lube® features unique décor items including Race Cars suspended from the ceilings, Motorcycles, Corvettes and Gas Station Memorabilia decorating the walls.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted “Best Wings USA”, was recently named Best Family Friendly Dining in the Cleveland market and brought home 1st and 2nd places for chicken wing sauces from the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.  The Lube® also won three Golden Chile Awards (1st place) for its sauces at the Fiery Food Challenge, and recently won for best creative toppings at the National Hamburger Festival for its legendary Lubeburger.

The company began franchising in 1997 and has plans to open eight restaurants in 2008.   For more information or to find a Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant nearest you, visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.



GREENVILLE QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® TO OPEN IN OCTOBER

Sharon, PA – Quaker Steak & Lube® will be opening its 28th full-size restaurant in Greenville, SC. at the beginning of October.  The new building will sit at 10 Chrome Drive in Greenville next to the Harley-Davidson Dealer.   The Greenville Lube will feature all the same favorite menu selections as the other Quaker Steak & Lube® locations, along with “All-You-Can-Eat Wings” every Tuesday and our world famous “Bike Nite” every Wednesday!  Watch for many more exciting events coming to The Lube® all week long including Car Cruise-In events, Family Night, Live Entertainment, Service Industry Night, Happy Hour and much more!  There will ALWAYS be something great going on at The Greenville Lube!

The Greenville Quaker Steak & Lube® will seat over 300 guests, house two bars with one being an outside patio bar and employ 150 to 200 people.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted “Best Wings USA,” is home to 18 signature chicken wing sauces in addition to a variety of Award-Winning food to include burgers, sandwiches, fresh salads, steaks, ribs and a Kids menu.   “The Lube®” as its known, is motor-sports themed and encompasses the most unique décor in the restaurant industry.

Tina Bauer-Getz, owner and partner of the new Quaker Steak & Lube® in Greenville is very excited to be building the first Lube restaurant in the entire state of South Carolina.

“The Lube® concept is a unique blend of great service, award-winning food to include Best Wings USA, supercharged events and the most unique décor in the restaurant industry.  As an added bonus, this concept is a perfect complement to the Harley-Davidson Dealership next door as we serve the same customer demographic,” said Bauer-Getz.

Quaker Steak & Lube® claims a wide and highly loyal base of customers, a demographic that chain executives call “2 to 82”. On any given day, the restaurant will be visited by all demographics, including singles, couples, families, sports enthusiasts, seniors and the young without skewing heavily to any one group. The appeal, outside of the race cars, vintage cars and motorcycles, is the food. “It’s the very center of the table stuff,” Gary Meszaros, Co-Founder states. “We serve buckets of Award-Winning wings, buckets of signature appetizers, a rack of ribs meant to be shared, healthy hamburgers, nice salads, distinctive drinks and kid’s meals.”  

And, when off-site catering is needed, for small or large gatherings, the Greenville Lube will be ready for you! Just call 864.678.9464 (WING).

The Lube® also relies on event marketing to attract customers. On Bike Nite, for example, it’s typical for 1,000…2,000…even 3,000 bikers to pull into the parking lot of most any Quaker Steak & Lube® location! The Cleveland, Ohio Quaker Steak & Lube® holds the record with 7,200 bikers in one night. All-You-Can-Eat Wing Night is popular with high school and college students. It’s the restaurant’s hope that these students will continue to visit The Lube® after graduation, once married and then with their kids. The Lube® is proud to have generations of customers from loyal families.

The original Quaker Steak & Lube® was founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pennsylvania as a cook-your-own steak restaurant. After a visit to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, chicken wings were included in the menu. As the company began to become profitable, a full-size kitchen was added.  Today, The Lube® has won over 100 national and international awards for their wings and 18 different wing sauces.  The Lube® features unique décor items including Race Cars suspended from the ceilings, Motorcycles, Corvettes and Gas Station Memorabilia decorating the walls.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted “Best Wings USA”, was recently named Best Family Friendly Dining in the Cleveland market and brought home 1st and 2nd places for chicken wing sauces from the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.  The Lube® also won three Golden Chile Awards (1st place) for its sauces at the Fiery Food Challenge, and recently won for best creative toppings at the National Hamburger Festival for its legendary Lubeburger.

The company began franchising in 1997 and has plans to open eight restaurants in 2008.   For more information or to find a Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant nearest you, visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.



Quaker Steak & Lube® Fuels Summer Savings with Gas and Food Giveaway, All-You-Can-Eat Discount Coupon

Sharon, Penn. – Consumers pumped up over the high cost of fuel need to look no further than their local Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant to save money and win free food this summer.

The Lube®‘s new million-dollar fuel and food giveaway offers guests the chance to save money by winning fuel cards worth up to $50.  The Lube® also is giving guests another chance to save with a free side dish of Bourbon Baked Beans when they purchase a burger or sandwich.  And it is offering a $2 discount with a special savings coupon on its popular Tuesday night all-you-can-eat wings.

“We’re calling this savings and giveaway program ‘It’s A Gas, Gas, Gas!’ to have some fun,” said Marla Pieton, director of Franchise Marketing.  “Everyone is bummed out about fuel prices, so we decided to help guests save money by giving away a million dollars worth of free gasoline and food, and baked beans are just the right item!”  Guests concerned about gas (not the petroleum type) may substitute baked beans for fries, cole slaw or Lube Chips during the giveaway.

To start saving, visit any Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant to receive a giveaway scratcher card with your check from now until August 31 or while supplies last.  Every card is a winner, with savings and prizes ranging from $50 gas cards to free and discounted food.  Diners interested in even more savings should watch for The Lube®‘s discount coupons offering $2 off Tuesday night all-you-can-eat wings.

Save with The Lube®‘s scratcher cards and redeem your prize from August 25 through September 30.  Gas winners redeem immediately!  The free side dish offer expires August 31.  The $2 discount coupon on all-you-can-eat wings expires October 31.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, “The Lube®,” was recently named a Top 100 Emerging Chain Concept by Technomic Information Services, Inc.  Voted “Best Wings USA” in a national competition, it has received hundreds of other awards for its signature chicken wings and sauces, other dishes, kids menu and unique décor.  Quaker Steak & Lube® has 29 franchised and company-owned motor sports-themed restaurants in 11 states.  The first location opened in a converted Sharon gas station in 1974.  Franchising began in 1997. Visit www.quakersteakandlube.com for more information.



QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® WINS AT THE NATIONAL HAMBURGER FESTIVAL

The Lube® won 3rd place for Best Creative Toppings on its Lubeburger at the National Hamburger Festival in Akron, OH

Sharon, PA – Quaker Steak & Lube®, headquartered in Sharon, PA, has won third place for Best Creative Toppings on its legendary Lubeburger at the Third Annual National Hamburger Festival in Downtown Akron, OH.  The Festival was held on July 19 and 20 at Lock 3 Park.

The Lubeburger, which is a Quaker Steak & Lube® original, is crowned with fresh mushrooms, crispy bacon, The Lube®’s Hot Sauce, melted American Cheese with Bleu Cheese dressing aside.  Some assembly required!!

The Festival pulled 18 different eateries with over 50 varieties of hamburger selections.

“Akron is the perfect place for this great national festival,” said Drew Cerza, founder of the event and president/CEO of the RMI Promotion Group of New York.  He cited Akron’s Americanism and housing of the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, branding the city the “Hamburger Capital of the World.”

The Lube® has also won Best Hamburger through Reader’s Choice Awards by the Cranberry Journal in Pittsburgh, PA and the Sharon Herald in Sharon, PA.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted Best Wings USA, is a family friendly restaurant with a motor-sports themed atmosphere. The restaurant has 18 Award-Winning home-made sauce recipes with a menu variety that include Buffalo-style chicken wings, ribs, steaks, salads, signature appetizers, distinct beverages and Kids Lube Cruiser meals.  Founded in Sharon, PA in 1974, Quaker Steak & Lube® houses unique décor, including race cars hanging from the ceilings and motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia decorate the walls. The Lube® began franchising in 1997 and currently has 25 locations in nine states. Quaker Steak & Lube® has plans to expand to open 8 company-owned and franchise locations by the end of 2008.

To order our Award-Winning sauces, visit our website at www.quakersteakandlube.com.



Quaker Steak & Lube® Syracuse To Open April 16

Syracuse, NY – Quaker Steak & Lube®, home to “Best Wings USA” and 18 signature chicken wing sauces, will be opening its 27th restaurant in Syracuse, NY on April 16, 2008.  The newest addition to The Lube®’s family will be located at 3535 Walters Road. The Syracuse Lube will feature all the same favorite menu selections as the other Quaker Steak & Lube® locations, along with “All-You-Can-Eat Wings” every Tuesday and our world famous “Bike Nite” every Wednesday!  Watch for many more exciting events coming to The Lube® all week long including Car Cruise-In events, Family Night, Live Entertainment, Service Industry Night, Happy Hour and much more!   There will ALWAYS be something great going on at The Syracuse Lube!

Jacob Wright and Jeff Debner, two of the new Syracuse Quaker Steak & Lube® owners are very excited to be bringing the first Lube restaurant to the state of New York.

“The Lube®” concept, with its Award-Winning food to include “Best Wings USA,” supercharged events and the most unique décor in the restaurant industry is a unique blend of great service, signature human fuel and fun-family dining,” said Wright.

The Syracuse Quaker Steak & Lube® will seat over 300 guests, house two bars with one being an outside patio bar, employ 150 to 200 people and will house the fun, motor sports-themed décor that will make it very unique! It’s love at first sight! A few of the highlights include:

Rusty Wallace’s #2 Miller Lite Car and a Formula One Ice Oval Sled hanging from the ceiling in the Lobby; check out the Ducati Motorcycle, Shane Gatto Creation Chopper and the County Line Chopper all in the Handle Bar; Billy Decker’s Dirt Modified Race car in Thunder Alley; Merc Stock Oval Race Snowmobile; a 1981 Artic Cat Sno-Pro Oval Racer; and numerous Dirt Racing Quarter Panels from locals in Syracuse!

Quaker Steak & Lube® claims a wide and highly loyal base of customers, a demographic that chain executives call “2 to 82”. On any given day, the restaurant will be visited by all demographics, including singles, couples, families, sports enthusiasts, seniors and the young without skewing heavily to any one group. The appeal, outside of the race cars, vintage cars and motorcycles, is the food. “It’s the very center of the table stuff,” Gary Meszaros, C.O.O. and Co-Founder states. “We serve buckets of Award-Winning wings, buckets of signature appetizers, a rack of ribs meant to be shared, healthy hamburgers, nice salads, distinctive drinks and kid’s meals.”  

And, when off-site catering is needed, for small or large gatherings, the Syracuse Lube will be ready for you! Just call 315.701.2337 (BEER).

The Lube® also relies on event marketing to attract customers. On Bike Nite, for example, it’s typical for 1,000…2,000…even 3,000 bikers to pull into the parking lot of most any Quaker Steak & Lube® location! The Cleveland, Ohio Quaker Steak & Lube® holds the record with 7,200 bikers in one night. All-You-Can-Eat Wing Night is popular with high school and college students. It’s the restaurant’s hope that these students will continue to visit The Lube® after graduation, once married and then with their kids. The Lube® is proud to have generations of customers from loyal families.

The original Quaker Steak & Lube® was founded in 1974 and built in an abandoned gas station in Sharon, Pennsylvania as a cook-your-own steak restaurant. After a visit to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, chicken wings were included in the menu. As the company began to become profitable, a full-size kitchen was added.  Today, The Lube® has won over 100 national and international awards for their wings and 18 different wing sauces.  The Lube® features unique décor items including Race Cars suspended from the ceilings, Motorcycles, Corvettes and Gas Station Memorabilia decorating the walls.

Quaker Steak & Lube®, voted “Best Wings USA”, was recently named Best Family Friendly Dining in the Cleveland market and brought home 1st and 2nd places for chicken wing sauces from the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.  The Lube® also won three Golden Chile Awards (1st place) for its sauces at the Fiery Food Challenge.

The company began franchising in 1997 and has plans to open eight restaurants in 2008.   For more information or to find a Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant nearest you, visit www.quakersteakandlube.com.



Quaker Steak & Lube® Taps Veteran Chain Restaurant CEO Ken Cole to Power Growth

Sharon, Pa. – Quaker Steak & Lube, the casual dining chain known for hot wings and hot wheels, is revving up its growth plans with the hiring of veteran restaurant executive Ken Cole as president and CEO.

Cole this week announced his resignation as president and CEO of Sizzler USA, the 223 unit casual dining chain based in Los Angeles.  Quaker Steak & Lube’s founders, George Warren and Gary Meszaros, who have been serving as president and CEO and vice president and COO respectively, will become executive vice presidents and vice chairmen of the chain’s board of directors.

Quaker Steak & Lube has 29 franchised and company-owned motor sports-themed restaurants in 10 states.  The first location opened in a converted Sharon gas station in 1974.  Franchising began in 1997.

“The Quaker Steak & Lube concept has evolved from a single restaurant into a very successful chain with tremendous potential,” said Michael J. Stack, chairman of Quaker Steak & Lube’s board of directors.  “Quaker Steak & Lube is now at the point where Ken’s vast experience and knowledge will be extremely helpful in growing both our company and franchised restaurant base.”

During the last 18 months, Quaker Steak & Lube opened ten restaurants.  It will open eight this year, with the goal to have 50 locations open by the end of 2009.

Cole, who is credited with rebuilding Sizzler during his seven years as CEO, also served as CEO of Blue Chalk Café, which operates the Left at Albuquerque chain, and Damon’s International, which owns and franchises Damon’s Grill restaurants.  For Cole, the move to Quaker Steak & Lube brings him closer to home.

“Although my career has taken me all over the country, my family and my roots are nearby in West Virginia,” Cole said.  “This is a very exciting and unique opportunity to help grow a great concept and maximize its potential, while also allowing my wife and me to be closer to our children and other family members.”

Cole’s first day at Quaker Steak & Lube will be February 25.

Quaker Steak & Lube was recently named a Top 100 Emerging Chain Concept by Technomic Information Services, Inc.  Often called “The Lube,” it was voted “Best Wings USA” in a national competition, and it has  received hundreds of other awards for its signature chicken wings and sauces, other dishes, kids menu and unique décor.  Visit www.quakersteakandlube.com for more information.





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