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Quaker Steak & Lube facts for kids
United States (1974 )
|Founder||George "Jig" Warren III,
Gary "Moe" Meszaros
Number of locations
Quaker Steak & Lube is a casual dining restaurant chain based in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The original restaurant was built in 1974 by George "Jig" Warren and Gary "Mo" Meszaros in an abandoned gas station in downtown Sharon, and decorated with license plates and old automobiles. Originally a "cook-your-own-steak" establishment, Quaker Steak's signature dish is now its chicken wings and the variety of sauces used to season them.
In 1974, gas stations across the country were closing in the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis. George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros came up with the idea of preserving the culture of old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars. They opened Quaker Steak & Lube, initially a "cook-your-own-steak" restaurant that showcased old muscle cars. The original location includes a 1936 Chevrolet on the original hydraulic grease rack.
On November 16, 2015, the company was acquired by TravelCenters of America (T/A) immediately after Quaker Steak & Lube filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. T/A plans to expand the chain both in its chain of truck stops as well as in standalone locations. JDK Management purchased Quaker Steak & Lube from TravelCenters for $5 million in early 2021.
As of 2009[update], the chain has won over 100 awards.
The Pointe at North Fayette location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was featured in the Travel Channel series Man v. Food. The episode's challenge was to consume six "Atomic" chicken wings, at the time the strongest wings on Quaker Steak's menu. Host Adam Richman completed the challenge in the allotted time and was awarded a commemorative bumper sticker and a place on the restaurant's "Atomic Wall of Flame".