In the world of chain restaurants, burgersare king. Burgers are one of the most ubiquitous menu items in America, so it can’t be easy to base an entire chain restaurant concept around them when there’s so much competition. But Colorado-based Red Robin takes its burgers very seriously, and has been able to carve out a sizeable chunk of the market. Here are 10 things we bet you didn’t know about Red Robin.
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The Restaurant Was Named After a Popular Song
Sam (whose last name has been lost to the ages) was a member of a barbershop quartet, and was frequently singing the 1926 hit “When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along)” to himself. He was apparently a superfan of the song, because it inspired him to change the name of the bar to Sam’s Red Robin.
Because the earliest incarnation of Red Robin was still a bar, the food menu was limited, to say the least. Sales skyrocketed after Kingen added burgers to the menu a few years after purchasing the bar.
Its Burger Standards Are Among the Highest in the Industry
Red Robin holds its burger ingredients to very strict standards; the beef is always fresh and never frozen, all-natural, domestic, and free of preservatives and added ingredients; and the produce is GMO-free.
None other than Drew and Jonathan Scott, the stars of HGTV’s Property Brothers, used to work at Red Robin. According to a tweet by Drew, they were busboys at the restaurant back in 1993, when they were both 16.
If you sign up for its rewards program, you’ll receive perks including a free burger during your birthday month, every 10th item for free, $20 towards your sixth visit when you visit five times in the first five weeks of your membership, and special offers and deals.