Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store roadside sign. (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Cracker Barrel Owns A Breakfast Place You May Not Have
Heard Of
By Jennifer Waldera
Since its 1969 opening by Shell Oil sales representative Dan Evins, Cracker Barrel has blossomed from a store that sold food and gas to the cozy restaurant known today for its rows of rocking chairs and homestyle comfort food. In 2019, the chain purchased Maple Street Biscuit Company, a fast-casual Jacksonville-based biscuit spot.
The Maple Street Biscuit Company was opened by Scott Moore and Gus Evans in 2012, with comfort food made from scratch and sustainable ingredients, such as freshly squeezed orange juice and maple sourced from family-owned farms. It was Maple Street's similar commitment to quality and service as Cracker Barrel’s that enticed them to approach Moore and Evans.
While both offer all-day breakfast and are known for their biscuits, Maple Street Biscuit Company’s modern coffee shop-style ambiance differs from Cracker Barrel’s cozy country style. Maple Street’s menu also offers more unique dishes, such as the "Squawking Goat" dish that pairs battered chicken strips with toasted goat cheese and housemade pepper jelly.