Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant chain that offers the food, fun and friendliness of classic, timeless, feel-good Americana. Every Johnny Rockets restaurant serves simple, great-tasting food from a menu of all-American favorites, including juicy 1/3-pound hamburgers, crispy American Fries, classic sandwiches and rich, delicious hand-dipped shakes and malts. It's the place to go for friendly service, flavorful food, uplifting music and relaxed, casual fun.
Johnny Rockets was founded on June 6, 1986, by Ronn Teitelbaum of Los Angeles, California, and "crafted as a 'nongimmicky' recreation of the 1940s-vintage malt shops of his childhood." The first restaurant was established as a 20-stool counter operation on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.
In 1999, Royal Caribbean International featured a Johnny Rockets location onboard its Voyager of the Seas, making it the first ever "mobile" Johnny Rockets restaurant. From that point forward the cruise line has offered a Johnny Rockets location onboard many of their new cruise ships.
Johnny Rockets in Denver
Johnny Rockets restaurant in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Johnny Rockets at Six Flags Over Texas.
In February 2007, it was announced that RedZone Capital, the private equity firm of Daniel Snyder, was set to acquire the chain. Snyder announced plans to expand the chain both within the United States and worldwide, including the launch of smaller outlets known as Johnny Rockets Express.
A sit-down restaurant owned by Six Flags (Red Zone is the largest shareholder), Trappers Adirondack Grill, was converted to a Johnny Rockets in June 2008.
In April 2009, the new Yankee Stadium opened with Johnny Rockets stands throughout the site. These stands serve traditional Johnny Rockets hamburgers, french fries, shakes, and malts among other menu items. FedEx Field, home of Washington Redskins (the stadium and team are both owned by Snyder, whose company owned Johnny Rockets at the time), features Johnny Rockets concession areas.
The world's largest Johnny Rockets franchise opened on June 6, 2012, at the corner of Abraham Lincoln Avenue and Bolivar Avenue in Santo Domingo, the capital city of Dominican Republic. The restaurant has more than 6,000 square feet (560 m2) and comfortable seating for more than 200 guests.
RedZone Capital Management sold the company to Sun Capital Partners in 2013.
Johnny Rockets has opened its first branch in Pakistan on December 5, 2013 in Dolmen City Mall, Karachi. Plans to open up in Pakistan were announced back in June, 2013. This is not only the first branch of Johnny Rockets in Pakistan but also its first branch in South Asia. Johnny Rockets followed it up with opening its next branch in Lahore. This branch made its official opening on 17th January, 2014. Islamabad will be the next city where a branch will be opened.