There aren’t a lot of chicken franchise brands out there that can claim longevity, but the Golden Chick brand is one of them! We’ve been satisfying happy customers for over 50 years, and despite current circumstances that make dining out a bit more challenging, we continue to serve thousands of hungry guests every day. Here, we’ll take a brief look at our proud history, the strength and stability of the Golden Chick brand, and what makes us a true standout in the restaurant franchise industry.
1967 Was a Very Golden Year!
Our very first restaurant, called Golden Fried Chicken, was opened in 1967 in San Marcos, TX, by Howard and Jacque Walker. Mr. Walker was a World War II Navy veteran, and Ms. Walker was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University. From the very beginning, what made their fried chicken so special was the care they put into its preparation, the made-from-scratch recipes, and their uncompromising attention to detail.
It didn’t take long for their dedication to wholesome deliciousness to catch on, and additional locations began popping up all over Central Texas.
By 1971, the familiar golden awnings of the Golden Fried Chicken restaurants were becoming an iconic site in small and mid-sized towns across Texas, and many of these original Golden Fried Chick locations still exist across central Texas.
The Original Golden Tender™ is Born!
In 1985, we introduced our Original Golden Tender™, the filet mignon of fried chicken! We realized that a truly outstanding tender starts with the cut of meat, so we started using whole chicken tenderloins to make our signature menu item.
We marinate them to perfection and hand-batter and cook them until they’re golden and crunchy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.
Our tenders (and other delicious menu items) have solidified our reputation as a leader in the restaurant franchise industry, and our franchisees enjoy real competitive advantages as a result.
We’re a Time-Tested Brand Name
What began over 50 years ago as one restaurant in Central Texas has today grown to 200 restaurant franchise locations! If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the course of over half a century in business, it’s that our wholesome and delicious meals and sides continue to prove popular with customers of all ages.
Partnering with Golden Chick means you get immediate access to the recognition and respect of our brand name; that means when you open your franchise doors, you won’t have to work nearly as hard to build your reputation — because we’ve spent the last 50 years doing that for you!
If you’d like to become part of the long and respected Golden Chick history, we’d love to hear from you, so reach out today!