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Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
Type Public (NASDAQTAST)
Founded 1960[1]
Founder(s) Herbert N. Slotnik[1]
Headquarters Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Number of locations 554 O&O; 30 franchised[2]
Area served United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador[2]
Key people Alan Vituli
Industry Restaurants (SIC code 5812)
Products Burger King (franchisee)
Taco Cabana (owner)
Pollo Tropical (owner)[2]
Operating income US$19,900,000 (2006)[3]
Net income US$13,420,000 (2006)[3]
Employees over 10,000[1]
Subsidiaries Carrols Corporation

Carrols Restaurant Group is a fast-food restaurant operator. It is the largest Burger King franchisee in the world;[2] Carrols owns and operates about 330 Burger King locations across 12 U.S. states.[1]

The company also owns the restaurant chains Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. About 30 of these locations are franchised; the remained are owned and operated by Carrols itself.[2] It originally owned a restaurant chain named Carrols; the U.S. locations were closed in the mid-1970s; current Carrols restaurants only exist in southern Finland.

Carrols corporate offices are located in Syracuse, New York. Most of its operations are under a subsidiary named Carrols Corporation.



Carrols was an offshoot of the Tastee Freeze company. Herb Slotnick bought the franchise rights for the New York area and started opening restaurants in the Syracuse, New York area in the early 1960s. They expanded through the years throughout New York state.

During the 1960s, a yellow slug character served as Carrols 1st mascot; he was replaced in 1974 by a young blonde lad wearing a tweed suit and a Fedora hat.

During the 1970s, Carrols tried their hand at serving fried chicken (like that served at KFC); their attempt was advertised as "Carrols Crunchy Country Chicken, I can't say it and I work here". Carrols also formed an agreement with Good Humor to sell several of GH's favorite ice cream novelty bars.

Carrols restaurant locations were converted to Burger King franchises in 1975. The original menu of Carrols, and the Carrols brand, then went overseas to Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Russia.

Carrols restaurant menu

The flagship sandwich in Carrols' original menu was the Club Burger; like the Big Mac at McDonald's, it also had two all-beef patties, a special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions served on a sesame-seeded triple-decker hamburger bun. The Club Burger also had a tomato slice, and its special sauce is known as Crisbo Royale Sauce. In the early/mid-seventies there was no tomato slice and the sauce was a french dressing variant called Royal Dressing.

They also rolled out their own version of Burger King's Whopper sandwich called "The Brute".

The fish sandwich at Carrols was called a "Sea Filet".

Carrols also sold a "Roast Beef Hero", consisting of heated slices of deli roast beef piled inside a bolillio roll, with a dripping of beef broth.


Carrols also owned and operated the CinemaNational movie theater chain, beginning in the early 1970s until their sale to Mid-States Theaters and USA Cinemas in the early and mid 1980s. The theaters were concentrated in central New York State, but there were locations as far away as Wisconsin, Idaho and California. The chain consisted mostly of large single-screen locations that had been purchased from companies like Kallet and Dipson Theaters, along with new locations that were built by Slotnick. CinemaNational also built some triple screen multi-plex locations in sites like the Penn-Cann Mall in Clay, New York, and the Fayetteville Mall in Fayetteville.


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