The History of Carl’s Jr.

It all began with a hot dog cart and a dream with faith. On July 17, 1941, Carl & Margaret Karcher borrowed $311 against their Plymouth automobile, and added $15 dollars of their own money, to purchase their first hot dog cart at the busy intersection of Florence & Central in Los Angeles, CA. They offered only ten-cent tamales, chili dogs and hot dogs, as well as soda pop, for a nickel. Their first day sales were $14.75. That was the beginning … of what would eventually become … Carl’s Jr. Restaurants.

Our Shared Values:


Our guests are the most important people in our restaurants. Our goal is: “To Make Our Guests Happy!”

Our success is dependent upon great QSC – Quality, Service & Cleanliness

“There’s no way we can fail, because we’ve got A.C.T.I F.F.

  • A – Attitude (POSITIVE!)
  • C – Communication
  • T – Teamwork
  • I – Improvement / Innovation
  • F – Follow Through
  • F – Fun!
  • (L) – Love … We’re in the people business, and if you don’t love people and love serving them and making them happy, you’re never going to succeed.


Carl’s favorite motto – “Make It Happen!”

BE A STAR – WE Are ALL Carl’s Jr.