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Culver Franchising System, Inc.
Industry Fast food restaurants
Founded 1984; 39 years ago (1984)
Sauk City, Wisconsin, U.S.
Founders Craig and Lea Culver
Headquarters Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, U.S.
Number of locations
640 (2017)
Area served
United States
Key people
Joe Koss (CEO),
Products Frozen custard, Butterburgers
Revenue Increase US$1.42 billion

Culver Franchising System, Inc., doing business as Culver's, is a privately owned and operated casual fast food restaurant chain that operates primarily in the Midwestern United States. The first Culver’s opened in 1984 in Sauk City, Wisconsin. As of 22 November  2017 (2017 -11-22), the chain had 640 restaurants across the United States, and 15 coming soon in 8 states.


Sauk City restaurateur George Culver started his fast food career as the owner of an A&W on Phillips Boulevard (U.S. Highway 12) in 1961. On July 18, 1984, along with wife Ruth, son Craig, and daughter-in-law Lea, he opened the first Culver’s Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers.


Culver’s menu features Culver’s trademark ButterBurgers, made fresh to order,and frozen custard, which is also sold in bulk. A specialty is their deep-fried cheese curds made with "real Wisconsin cheese". The menu also includes pork, fish, veggie burgers, salads, and sundaes. The menu is divided into seven sections: sandwiches, sides, drinks, kids meals, dinners, salads, and desserts. Items are made to order and are brought to customers' tables by staff members. Culver's also sells its own brand of root beer, sweet and unsweet tea, and cookie dough (primarily for custard).

Official mascot

The official Culver's mascot is a custard cone named Scoopie, who is featured in various advertisements and community events.

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