O’Charley’s is a casual dining restaurants chain in the United States, with more than 200 company-owned locations. O’Charley’s is found in 17 Southern and Midwestern states, including four franchised O’Charley’s in Ohio, and three joint venture O’Charley’s restaurants in Louisiana.
O’Charley’s was area of the parent company O’Charley’s, Inc. Enterprise, ocharleys that operated or franchised an overall total of 363 restaurants under three brands: O’Charley’s, Ninety Nine Restaurant, and Stoney River Legendary Steaks. In 2012, O’Charley’s, Inc. Enterprise was acquired by Fidelity National Financial and became part of American Blue Ribbon Holdings
Charles (Sonny) Watkins founded O’Charley’s restaurant in 1971 on 21st Avenue South in Nashville, down the street from Vanderbilt University. Watkins ran O’Charley’s from 1971 to 1984 as he sold the restaurant to David K. Wachtel. David K. Wachtel spent 23 years doing work for Shoney’s where he eventually became president and chief executive officer in the restaurant company. Wachtel resigned from Shoney’s in 1982.
Wachtel intended to develop the O’Charley’s restaurant in to a restaurant chain. In mid-1987, the 12th O’Charley’s opened in Lexington, Kentucky, occupying a website formerly employed by the Bennigan’s chain of restaurants. While the Lexington grand opening was under way, Wachtel was working on wants to convert two more Bennigan’s units in Huntsville, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee into O’Charley’s.
In December 1993, Burns and McWhorter announced the formulation of any growth strategy created to carry the 45-unit chain into the ranks in the country’s largest regional dinner-house chains. In 1994, the business planned to open up at least eight new O’Charley’s restaurants, situating the new units primarily in southeastern markets like Cookeville, Tennessee; Louisville and Paducah, Kentucky; and Palm Harbor, Florida. There was clearly an expectation of restaurants opening for the year, but as time continued past 1994 other issues hindered this expansion.
In February 1994, Wachtel resigned as chairman of O’Charley’s, citing his “pressing commitments” along with other business interests, the highest which was the 300-unit Western Sizzlin’ budget steakhouse chain he had acquired in 1993. Burns was named chief executive and co-chairman and McWhorter was tapped as president and co-chairman. 1 month after Wachtel’s resignation, the organization was advised that four former O’Charley’s employees had filed a federal lawsuit charging the vfxyjt chain with racial discrimination practices against African Americans inside the company’s hiring, assignment, and promotion procedures. Burns denied the charges.
In 2007, O’Charley’s closed its Nashville commissary and distribution center, and began using Performance Food Group to distribute product to any or all of its locations. In 2013, O’Charley’s launched “Free Pie Wednesday.” Any dine-in customer ordering an entree on Wednesdays will get a free slice of pie. In 2014 O’Charley’s selected BOHAN Advertising being a marketing partner.
In April 2019, O’Charley’s closed just one location in Florida. Three months later, O’Charley’s abruptly closed eight locations in Indiana and Georgia in June 2019. The ocharleys prices had 201 locations in 2018, down from 213 in 2016