Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s® restaurant in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. One of Dave's philosophies was:
Take care of your employees and they will take care of your customers with quality service and quality products in a clean restaurant.
On April 1, 1993, Carolina Restaurant Group, Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was formed. What began as a 26-store franchise has become a corporation currently totaling 122 restaurants and growing.
Carolina Restaurant Group, Inc. thrives under the leadership of president Quint Graham, a native of Columbus, Ohio. Quint started with Wendy’s® years ago as a crew member and worked his way up to General Manager and then District Manager with Wendy’s® International. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to come to Charlotte, NC to oversee this large, growing franchise. Mr. Graham has had the honor of working closely with Dave Thomas and brought with him to Carolina Restaurant Group the concepts and leadership Mr. Thomas instilled in him.