Historical Timeline

Our history has always been rooted in the warm hospitality and homestyle cooking that makes every location special. See how we made Cracker Barrel your home away from home.

The first Cracker Barrel Store

1969 First Cracker Barrel Opened

Dan W. Evins opened the first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on September 19, 1969, located on Highway 109 in Lebanon, TN. And yes, even then the corn bread was made from scratch.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

1977 Cracker Barrel Expanded to 13 Locations

People seemed more than pleased with the cooking, and by 1977, Dan Evins and his investors (most of whom were local friends and associates) had opened 13 stores from Kentucky to Georgia.

Bill Holley

1977 Bill Holley Creates Logo

As Cracker Barrel expanded, Dan Evins wanted to redesign the logo for his growing business. Bill Holley, a designer from a Nashville advertising agency, met Dan and sketched his first draft of the Cracker Barrel logo on a napkin. With their shared Tennessee roots, Bill knew just what Dan wanted.

Cracker Barrel became publically traded

1981 Cracker Barrel Became Publicly Traded

Flush with praise and the growing loyalty of guests with a taste for homestyle cooking, the company’s expansion reached beyond the front porch and onto the stock exchange.

A new Cracker Barrel location opens

1992 Company Obtained $1 Billion Market Value

The company grew consistently through the 1980s and 1990s, attaining a $1 billion market value by 1992. In 1993, Cracker Barrel’s revenue was nearly twice that of any other family restaurant.

People checking out in the retail store

2001 Cracker Barrel Expanded to 420 Locations Nationwide

Between 1997 and 2000, the number of Cracker Barrels increased to more than 420 locations.

Cracker Barrel Cares

2005 Cracker Barrel Cares Charity was Formed

Cracker Barrel employees have always joined together to assist their coworkers in times of crisis. What started as simple acts of kindness evolved into Cracker Barrel Cares, an employee-funded non-profit organization formed to help Cracker Barrel employees in times of need.

CB Old Country Store Logo

2013 Cracker Barrel Launched Licensed Products

Cracker Barrel began to deliver the taste of its authentic homestyle goods to supermarkets. Today, a variety of bacon, hams, deli meats, baking mixes and more are available at grocery stores under our CB Old Country Store® brand - all ready to take home. Learn more

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

2018 Cracker Barrel Goes West

Cracker Barrel brings its popular homestyle Southern cooking to the Golden State for the first time with its location in Victorville, California. After opening stores in the Las Vegas and Portland areas, Cracker Barrel has continued to expand West to bring our unique version of Southern hospitality and charm to Victorville and the state of California.

Maple Street

2019 Cracker Barrel Acquired Maple Street Biscuit Company

Maple Street Biscuit Company is a breakfast and lunch company focused on comfort food with a modern twist, gracious service, immaculately clean stores, and sustainable business. Maple Street is driven by a mission to help people, serve others, and be a part of the community. The company currently has over 35 open locations across seven states.

Cracker Barrel - 50 Years of Please People

2019 Cracker Barrel Turns 50

Founded in 1969, this year Cracker Barrel celebrates its 50th anniversary of bringing its mission of Pleasing People to life.

Top quality service in the restaurant

2020 Cracker Barrel Has 663 Restaurants in 45 States