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Cook Out is a privately owned American fast-food restaurant chain operating in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Mississippi. Founded in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1989,[2] the chain has since expanded and now has restaurants in over 100 cities. The chain itself has grown in size with many locations now spread throughout the Southeastern US.[3]

Quick facts: Type, Industry, Genre, Founded, Founder...
Cook Out
GenreQuick service restaurant
Founded1989; 33 years ago (1989)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
FounderMorris Reaves
15 Laura Lane Suite 300, Thomasville, North Carolina
Number of locations
290 as of May 2021
Area served
Key people
Jeremy Reaves (CEO)
ProductsHamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Carolina-style barbecue, and milkshakes
RevenueUS$125 million
OwnerMorris Reaves
Number of employees
13,000 as of May 2021[1]

The standard format of the restaurant features two drive-thru lanes and a walk-up window, but no indoor seating. Some newer locations have an indoor dining room and counter service similar to a traditional fast-food restaurant, but most still only have drive-thru and walk-up service. The restaurant specializes in hamburgers, milkshakes, and North Carolina-style pork barbecue.