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Long John Silver's


Long John Silver's is America's largest quick-service seafood chain with more than 1,200 units worldwide. The first Long John Silver's Fish 'n' Chips opened in 1969 in response to growing consumer demand for quick-service seafood. This new approach gained overwhelming acceptance and has led to bold modern restaurants and a menu that meets the taste of today's consumers. As the concept has grown, Long John Silver's menu has likewise evolved. Today, they offer a menu that meets the desire of consumers looking for more variety and great taste. Their exciting array of flavor profiles and taste sensations includes a variety of signature batter-dipped fish, chicken, and seafood; breaded fish; a signature sandwich line; salads and desserts.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$879,500 - $1,256,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


When Long John Silver's opened, it was one of the only fast food restaurants in its city. The success of the initial restaurant led to the original owner opening several others across the state before expanding into other parts of the south. Much of its success comes from it's low cost fish, crab and other seafood offerings that bring variety to the fast food industry.

History of Long John Silver's Franchises

Long John Silver's opened in 1969 with a single location in Kentucky. The owner took over a building that was once a seafood restaurant, and he continued using the same design of that existing building as he expanded his empire. Yum! Brands, Inc. and Yorkshire Global Restaurants owned the chain over the years. In 2011, Yum! Brands sold off both Long John Silver's and its partner chain A&W. A large group of investors and franchise owners later bounded together to purchase the chain back. While a major corporation now owns many of the fast food restaurants that are part of that chain, many of the restaurants are independently owned by franchisees.

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