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Los Angeles, 1941. Young Carl N. Karcher and his wife, Margaret, make a leap of faith and borrow $311 on their Plymouth automobile, add $15 in savings and purchase a hot dog cart.
One cart grows to four, and in less than five years, Carl's Drive-in Barbecue opens with hamburgers on the menu.
The brand continues it's growth with an emphasis on quality, service and cleanliness, pioneering concepts such as partial table service and self serve beverage bars. The introduction of the signature Six Dollar Burger(tm) in 2001 marks the latest Carl's Jr. advance in the quick-service industry, confirming the chain's constant emphasis on product innovation and representing a desire to satisfy the tastes of young, hungry consumers.
On his first day in the fast-food business, Carl N. Karcher took in $14.75. More than sixty years and one thousand restaurants later, Carl's Jr. has become known as the place to go all across the West for juicy, delicious charbroiled burgers.