LONG JOHN SILVER’S: Get hooked on our seafood dishes.

March 2, 2024

Long John Silver’s is an American chain of fast-food restaurants that specializes in seafood.

There are 542 Long John Silver’s restaurants in the United States.

In 1929, Jerome Lederer of Shelbyville, Kentucky, opened a little hamburger stand with six seats. He called it the White Tavern Shoppe. Business was good for Lederer throughout the entire Great Depression (1929-1939).

The first Long John Silver’s restaurant opened on August 18, 1969, at 301 Southland Drive in Lexington, Kentucky. The building had previously been the Cape Codder seafood carry-out restaurant, which Druce Henn redesigned to create the New England style for Long John Silver’s chain.

The interior of Long John Silver’s restaurants was interesting and fun, especially for kids, with wood benches and tables, lobster pots, ship’s wheels and nautically themed decorations.

Long John Silver’s opened in Singapore in 1983 and has had a presence there, since. It is one of 30 countries outside of the United States to have Long John Silver’s outlets.

In 1989, Long John Silver’s parent company, Jerrico, went private and the other restaurant concepts were divested to focus on Long John Silver’s.

At Long John Silver’s, every kid gets a pirate hat!

In September 1999, A&W announced the chain’s acquisition and, as a result, Yorkshire Global Restaurants was formed. Tricon Global acquired Yorkshire, and Tricon was renamed Yum! Brands, Inc. In September 2011, Yum! announced the impending sale of Long John Silver’s to a group of franchisees and other private investors known as LJS Partners.

To improve the overall health benefits of its food, the company eliminated trans fats from its menu in 2014.

In 2018, Long John Silver’s acquired 76 franchised restaurants, primarily owned and renovated by ServUS, located primarily in Indiana.

On October 19, 2019, Warren W. Rosenthal, developer of 1,350 Long John Silver’s restaurants, died, aged 96.

Gloria Sauvé