QUAKER STEAK & LUBE® SIGNS RESTAURANT FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH VIRGINIA TRAVEL CENTER OWNER2018-06-13 08:00:33
Stand-alone Restaurant To Be Built On Expansive White’s Travel Center Property In Raphine, VA
WESTLAKE, OH – The award winning, family casual dining restaurant, Quaker Steak & Lube®, announced it signed a development agreement on April 30, 2018, with Robert Berkstresser, owner of the Petro Stopping Centers/White’s Travel Center located at I-81/I-64, exit 205, in Virginia’s Rockbridge County, situated in the northwest area of the state. The agreement was signed under TravelCenters of America LLC, which owns, operates and franchises Quaker Steak & Lube®. Berkstresser plans to build a 5,000 sq. ft., full-service Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant on his travel center property.
"We are thrilled to announce this expansion of the Quaker Steak & Lube® brand," shared Bruce Lane, Vice President. "Mr. Berkstresser is an outstanding operator, who continues to invest in the long-term growth and development of his travel center. We’re excited to see his continued success with this brand," he added.
Berkstresser plans to break ground in the fall of this year, with a planned opening in Spring of 2019. The new Quaker Steak & Lube® is slated to have seating for 180 in the bar and dining room, with an additional 60-70 seats on the patio.
White’s Truck Stop opened in 1970 as a 76 Truck Stop by Dave and Peggy White. In 2001, it became an Ambest Truck Stop. Berkstresser purchased it in 2010 and renamed it White’s Travel Center. He then franchised it as a Petro Stopping Centers travel center in 2011. It has undergone extensive expansion and renovations since then, including the addition of a 25,000 sq. ft. travel store, barber/beauty shop, movie theater, healthcare services and The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy as well as the addition of a number of quick-service restaurants and other highway traveler amenities.
"We are very happy to have this opportunity to franchise a Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurant and add to our full-service travel center dining options," shared Bobby Berkstresser. "Once we open the Quaker Steak, we will be temporarily closing our Iron Skillet restaurant for a major remodel. This way we will continue to offer a full-service dining option during that renovation, then, both will be available once it’s complete," he added.
The Raphine Quaker Steak & Lube® will be the brand’s third restaurant in Virginia. This is the first franchise agreement since TravelCenters of America bought the Quaker Steak & Lube® brand in 2016. TravelCenters has opened two Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurants, which are owned by the company, since the acquisition. There are 46 Quaker Steak & Lube® restaurants operating nationally as stand-alone restaurants, as well as in airports, arenas and universities. TravelCenters owns and operates 16 of these restaurants, while the remaining are franchised locations.
Follow Quaker Steak & Lube® on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information, including locations, menu and online ordering, visit www.thelube.com. Quaker Steak & Lube® is operated and franchised by TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC.
About Quaker Steak & Lube®:
The Quaker Steak & Lube® brand includes over 40 locations in fourteen states across the U.S. "The Lube®®®" combines unique décor, including gas station memorabilia, classic cars, motorcycles, and race cars suspended from the ceilings with crave-able food and high-octane entertainment events. Quaker Steak & Lube® has won hundreds of national and international awards for its wings and more than 20 wing sauces. For more information about Quaker Steak & Lube®, please visit www.thelube.com.
About the TA Restaurant Group:
The TA Restaurant Group includes more than 880 quick service restaurants, full-service restaurants and other food outlets, including ten proprietary restaurant brands including Quaker Steak & Lube®, Iron Skillet and Country Pride. The TA Restaurant Group is a division of TravelCenters of America LLC, which offers diesel and gasoline fueling, restaurants, truck repair facilities, convenience stores and other services in 43 states and in Canada. For more information about TA and the TA Restaurant Group, please visit www.ta-petro.com.
About TravelCenters of America, LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, conducts business in 43 states and Canada, principally under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands and the Minit Mart® convenience store brand. For more information on TravelCenters, TA, and Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.ta-petro.com. For more information on Minit Mart, please visit www.minitmart.com.
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