The Cracker Barrel’s fun and old school approach to dining offer an experience fun for both young, old, and everyone in between. The Cracker Barrel is much more than just great home-style cooking. Here is a list of a few things you may not know about the Cracker Barrel.
They Sold Gas Back in the Day
When the owner opened his first Cracker Barrel, he was coming off the cuffs of working for his grandfather’s fuel company. Back in the 1960s, the highway system didn’t have gas exits every few miles. So, Cracker Barrel’s leadership decided to add gas pumps to help add a convenience for customers. The idea worked well until the 1970’s fuel crisis. After that, all new Cracker Barrel stores were built without gas pumps. But, these days, there are a few Cracker Barrels that have electric charging stations for EVs. Which is just another way the Cracker Barrel ingeniously combines modernity with a classic home country dining experience.
You See All Those Cooling Looking Vintage Items Hanging on the Wall? Yeah, It’s All Real
You can’t miss the cool vintage photographs, signs, tools, and toys that decorate local Cracker Barrels. And, each one of those items are genuine, and from the local region. The owner, Dan Evins, hired an antique dealer to help him create the vintage kind of look and feel way back when the first store was opened. This tradition is ongoing. With each new store, new items are found and sent to Cracker Barrel HQ in Tennessee for restoration. They have a “Décor Warehouse” with more than 90,000 artifacts. So, next time you’re eating at a Cracker Barrel, remind yourself you’re surrounded by real, American history.
11 Million Chicken & Dumpling Orders Every Year!
Yeah. That’s a lot of chicken & dumplings. People can’t get enough of them! They also sell more than 150 million eggs, 56 million pancakes, 37 million grit orders, 121 million slices of bacon, 13 million pounds of chicken tenders, and more than 4 million Moon Pies. It just goes to prove how popular the Cracker Barrel is. People come in droves every day to feast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The numbers keep adding up and going up, reinforcing the fact that the Cracker Barrel is as much a part of American tradition as grand mamma’s apple pie. So, next time you seat down for your portion of chicken & dumplings, remember you’re adding to the long heritage of an American favorite.
Dolly Parton Earned the Cracker Barrel a Gold Record
The Cracker Barrel loves country music and teams up with many legends, such as Alan Jackson and Alabama. They work with the artists to create unique albums sold exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. But, when they teamed up with Dolly Parton and created the album An Evening with…Dolly Live in 2012—Cracker Barrel went from selling niche albums, to certified gold. The album was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.
These fun facts were borrowed from Country Living.