McAlister’s Deli was first opened in 1989 in a converted gas station in Oxford, Mississippi. Although it has grown since then, the company has kept its trademark fast, personal service and great food, served up with a side of Southern charm. McAlister’s locations offer more than 100 different menu items, including the restaurant’s famous Sweet Tea. The company prides itself on fresh, healthy food and friendly, comfortable restaurants where customers feel they can linger. All meals are made to order, and servers bring the food to the table. In 1999, veteran chain operator Phil Friedman joined the company as president. Focusing on multiunit operators with restaurant experience and high net worth has helped McAlister’s expand throughout the South, Midwest and West.