It took them 70 years to get from Chattanooga to Seymour. But now it’s official. Krystal Burger Restaurant has broken ground directly across of the Wendy’s Restaurant on Chapman Hwy.
A future customer was overheard stating, ”If it’s good enough for President Reagan, it’s got to be good enough for us”. On May 18, 1987 while in Chattanooga, Chief of Staff Howard Baker made a to-go order for his hungry boss and crew: dozens of Krystals burgers, fries and Cokes for President Ronald Reagan, Secret Service Agents and other staff on Air Force One.
The independent Franchise of Mountain View Enterprise Inc. will be opening the Krystal Burger Restaurant in Seymour, making this, their thirteenth in all.
“We’re excited about coming to Seymour. We expect to have the restaurant opened by mid-December if everything goes as planned, stated Gale Huneycuff – Chairman of Mountain View Enterprises Inc. “This will be our thirteenth location with the fourteenth location scheduled to open at the Knoxville Center.”
Krystal Burgers was founded in 1932 in Chattanooga Tennessee. They are known for their tasty little bite-size square hamburgers. From 1992 until 1997 the chain added 91 new restaurants, an increase of 37% in the 10 southern states that make up the firm’s base of operations. Krystal Company Chairman and CEO Phil Sanford stated, “The growth potential within these 10 states alone is virtually unlimited. During the next few years, we expect to double the number of restaurants in our system and to see an even stronger expansion of our franchise operations. We’re particularly pleased to be able to add restaurants in the South, an area with which we feel a special kinship. In fact, we see the South’s economic rebirth not as just an increased opportunity for us to grow, but as a parallel to the exciting innovations we’re making throughout our organization and within our product lines.” Krystal currently has an estimated 400 restaurants throughout the U.S. They carry breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack foods. Many of the restaurants are located in Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville as well as Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The restaurant helps support several charities including United Way of Chattanooga, TN, Chattanooga Allied Arts Council and the Heart Association of Eastern Tennessee
According to Huneycutt, the Seymour location will be something special. “This restaurant will be a prototype store with state-of-the-art equipment and a great look. Of course, the product will be the same. The hamburger hasn’t changed a bit in 65 years.”
The famous Krystal hamburger, while still original, is getting company from some new products, like the Krystal Chik, according to officials, “We want to give customers more unique menu items for which Krystal is famous.”
Krystal Classic Facts: Courtesy of Krystal.com
Each Krystal Restaurant sells an average of 13,000 Krystals per week — that’s 676,000 each year per restaurant. Combine all their restaurants together and they sell more than 239 million hamburgers a year … or enough to span 150,000 football fields!
In 1967 country singer Brenda Gail Webb was looking for a new stage name and asked her older sister, Loretta Lynn, for advice. The women came up with Crystal Gayle — naming the singer after the Krystal restaurants they frequented in Nashville, Tenn.
A Krystal Hamburger measures 2.5 in. square. So if you put Krystals end to end, how many would it take to:
Get to the moon? 5.5 billion
Travel around the Earth? 184,654,680
Reach the top of the Empire State Building? 7,750
On an annual basis, Krystal uses:
Hamburger Meat: 18 million pounds
Pickles: 80,000 5-gallon pails
Potatoes: 23 million pounds
Cheese: 3 million pounds
Onions: 1.1 million pounds.