February 14, 2012 |
It looks like Kate Upton is set for a while: In addition to landing the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the model of the moment is also gracing the new advertisements for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. The day after Upton was unveiled on "Late Show With David Letterman" as the bikini-clad star of the sports magazine's famous annual issue, CKE Restaurants released saucy behind-the-scenes footage from her commercials for its fast-food chains. Upton filmed her role for the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Southwest Patty Melt on Jan. 31 clad in a polka-dot dress on a hilltop overlooking downtown Los Angeles.
July 23, 2011 |
You may not be able to taste it, but that taco you're about to devour may have a little less salt than it used to. Whether serving fast food or cooking up gourmet meals, restaurants are cutting back on salt. It's partly for your health, but it's also to head off regulators who have already ordered them to post calorie counts on their menus and stop frying with trans fats. Carl's Jr. has cut 20% of the sodium from its hamburger buns. El Torito has whacked up to 30% of the sodium from its sauces and marinades.
July 1, 2011 |
The company that owns the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains is getting more healthy -- and a little less skanky. Stung by more than two years of dipping sales at the Carl's Jr. restaurants, and with its target audience of young men disproportionately suffering from unemployment, CKE Restaurants Inc. is trying to expand its appeal. It's a change in direction that may be starting to pay off. Led largely by the popularity of turkey burgers -- a product that would have been heresy at Carl's Jr. in past years -- sales have been increasing at those restaurants, the company said Tuesday.
February 3, 2011 |
CKE Restaurants Inc., the parent company of fast-food chain Carl's Jr., is in "very early" talks about moving its headquarters from Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County to Texas, company spokeswoman Beth Mansfield said. CKE President Andy Puzder has been on a media blitz this week through the Lone Star State, where he has been promoting the chain in connection with the Super Bowl on Sunday. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Puzder said he would meet with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss a move.
April 26, 2010 |
After debating competing buyout offers, the parent company of the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain said it would be acquired by an affiliate of Apollo Management, spurning an earlier suitor. Apollo's offer is the latest twist for a storied Southern California company that was founded as a Los Angeles hot dog stand in the 1940s by charismatic entrepreneur Carl Karcher. The transaction is significant because it may mark the first in a series of restaurant chain sales, said Randall Hiatt, president of Fessel International Inc., a Costa Mesa-based restaurant industry consulting firm.
April 20, 2010 |
CKE Restaurants Inc., operator of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains, said a takeover offer it received this month is superior to the terms it agreed to in February with Thomas H. Lee Partners. The new bidder, which was not identified, offered $12.55 a share, Carpinteria-based CKE said Tuesday. The offer would be worth $639.9 million, based on the number of CKE shares outstanding as of March 17, according to Bloomberg data. THL Partners had offered $11.05 in cash for each share of CKE common stock and also agreed to assume about $309 million in debt.