Meal Makers was founded in 2003 with the idea of bringing families back to the dinner table with quality, home cooked meals - a concept that seemed to be lost in the fast-paced world they live in today. Meal Makers was the brain child of Craig Hartman who had a need to provide more nutritious meals for his family. They were tired of fast food. Their busy schedule simply did not allow time for good home cooked meals. Craig and his father, Bob Hartman started inviting family and friends to gather on a regular basis to try new recipes and create pre-assembled meals to take home to enjoy. Soon the word spread and more people wanted to try this new concept. This quickly became over-whelming for the small home kitchen. With that, the first store opened in October of 2003, bringing the St. Louis based franchise to life.