​Famous Since 1966​

So, how did Lee’s become famous in the first place?

Dig deeper and learn the story behind the recipe.

Famous Since 1966

  • 1966:

    America’s First Taste of Fame

    Lee Cummings and Harold Omer open “Harold’s Take Home” restaurant in Lima, Ohio where Lee introduces his Famous Recipe chicken.

  • 1967:

    Up & Running

    Lee’s opens new stores in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio and Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  • 1972:

    The Great Taste Grows

    Company pilot and director of operations Jerry Sullivan helps open 55 new restaurants for the company and becomes the franchisee for store number 100 in Sanford, Florida.

  • 1981:

    Fifteen Years & Going Strong

    Lee’s Famous Recipe marks its 15th anniversary the same year Shoney’s Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee purchases the rights to the company.

  • 1982:

    Famous Recipe’s First Farmhouse

    Lee’s introduces its new farmhouse store design in Jacksonville, Florida.

  • 1991:

    Quarter-Century of Chicken

    Lee’s celebrates its 25th anniversary with Lee Cummings as its national spokesman.

  • The 2000s:

    Expanded Menu Offerings

    The Lee’s Brand stays strong through several ownership changes, introduces Spicy Jumbo Dippers, and strategically focuses on breast strips and new sides to enhance our customers’ experience.

  • The 2010s:

    Focused on Franchising

    Lee’s re-engineers itself to better support its licensing and franchising efforts across the US, and internationally. New stores are opened or built in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Canada. The brand continues to see sales growth outpacing the industry.

  • 2016:

    Fifty Years of Famous Flavor

    Lee’s celebrates 50 years of being FAMOUS FOR CHICKEN.