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If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck & quacks like a duck then it must be a duck

Updated on September 1, 2015

The good old saying If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck means just what it implies. I chose this title for my story here, because even though there are two totally different restaurant names in this hub it's still the exact same restaurant. I pondered using other titles like "If a snake sheds it's skin then it's still a snake", however roasted duck is a whole lot more tastier than most snakes. The biggest exception might be rattlesnake, however I've never had the pleasure of dining on this delicacy. I'm kind of sliding away from the main topic, so lets get back to the restaurant names at hand here.

I chose to write about the tale of these two restaurant names, which are actually just one, because I for one had no idea about all of this until just recently. I'm fairly certain that this topic has never been attempted before here on the hub pages, so I'm going to break some new ground and go for it.

This particular restaurant chain has one name on the East coast of the United States, and it uses another name on it's signs on the West coast of the United States. The restaurant chain also uses both names in two states, and is also present in 28 countries scattered across this world. It's a fast food chain where the food is very good, but not ready at lightening speeds.

I'm talking about Hardee's on the East coast, and Carl's Jr. on the West coast of the United States. Hardee's restaurants in Germany are known as Hardee's Schnellrast, and in Australia they are called Hartee's. I for one didn't know that these two differently named restaurants were actually the same restaurant chain in the United States until just a recent trip. Someone told me all about it as we were driving down the road, and I had absolutely no idea about all of this until that moment. So I figured why not include this little nugget of information into a hub, because there may be other people out there who didn't know about this fact either.

Carl's Jr. locations are in yellow and Hardee's are colored in red. States with both Carl's Jr. and Hardees are colored in orange
Carl's Jr. locations are in yellow and Hardee's are colored in red. States with both Carl's Jr. and Hardees are colored in orange

Wilbur Hardee was the original founder of Hardee's, and on September 9th 1960 he opened his first restaurant in North Carolina. Sadly old Wilbur lost his controlling shares of the company in a game of poker. I guess that's easy comes and easy goes for some people. In the 1960s a Hamburger was only 15 cents, Cheeseburgers were 20 cents, Fries were ten cents, Apple Turnovers were 15 cents, and Coffee & Coke were just ten cents. To bad these prices are gone forever. I've never worked at or been affiliated with this restaurant chain in any way or at anytime, but I'm a big fan of their juicy Monster Thickburger. So I guess if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck then it must be the very same restaurant. That's now TheHoleStory. THE END

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    • Joy56 profile image

      Joy56 2 years ago

      Got hooked again.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Interesting facts, Holestory. Makes me want to try these restaurants out.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      How very interesting that the restaurant chain has different names in different locations. You left out "neither" in your poll. I haven't eaten at either of them.

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      Peyton Parker 2 years ago from San Antonio, TX

      My husband LOVES Carl's Jr. - we had no idea these 2 fast food joints were the same. Interesting find :)

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      Jim Sterling 2 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      I was a Carl's Jr. fan when I lived in CA but don't frequent Hardee's these days living in the Mid-South.

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      Boby 2 years ago from Earth

      I have none of them here in my place so I said NO

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Interesting facts. We have here "Hardee's"even though I do not visit them. Our people are mostly fans of McDonald's here.

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      Wayne Duplessis 2 years ago from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

      Carl's Jr. has just opened here in Surabaya,Indonesia and has proven to be quite popular. McDonald's is on the decline here and Wendy's has never been a major player here.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      In my little neck of the woods, there is a huge "Carl's Jr." sign at the entrance to the city. Thank you for sharing some fascinating facts about the company. Now, when I see the sign, I will have a whole new appreciation for that establishment.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      We don't have either restaurant here in NE PA. But if we did, you can be sure I would be there.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I think it is a regional thing because we only have Hardee's in our state. The food is good, so I have no problem with it.

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      Tracy Fairchild 2 years ago from Ohio

      The Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brand is a dual branding. Dual branding is having the ability to expand a brand without expenses of new buildings. Carl's Jr. is owned by CKE Restaurants which later purchased Hardee's, with the purchase of the Hardee's they were able to expand the Carl's Jr. brand without buying new buildings. Some Hardee's stores were rebranded to sell Carl's Jr. products. Hardee's isn't something in the big cities, for example we have Hardee's in Bucyrus and Circleville, Ohio that I frequent on trips out of town.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I voted this hub up and interesting as new information is always interesting. Now, is this a deception or just something that's happened at Hardee corporate? What difference would the name make...might it be a regional thing???

      I've never been to either restaurant but have a Hardee's opening here soon.