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Long John Silver's, Inc. is a United Statesmarker-based fast-food restaurant that specializes in seafood. The name and concept were inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island.


The first restaurant was opened in 1969 in Lexington, Kentuckymarker. (The original location, on Southland Drive just off Nicholasville Road, was previously a seafood restaurant named the Cape Codder, which accounts for the Cape Cod style of LJS’s early chain restaurants.) Until its bankruptcy in 1998, Long John Silver's was a privately owned corporation. The chain began as a division of Jerrico, Inc., which also operated Jerry's Restaurants, a chain of family restaurants which also began in Lexington, and was very similar to Big Boy restaurants. Jerry's was located in the Midwest and South. When the company was sold in 1989, the Long John Silver's concept had far outgrown the Jerry's chain. Most of Jerry's 46 remaining locations were converted to Denny's by the new owners, with a handful staying under the original name, usually because there was already an existing Denny's nearby. Only a dozen or so, now called Jerry's J-Boy Restaurants, are still open in Kentuckymarker and southern Indianamarker. LJS stores were largely unaffected by this move. (Many original LJS franchisees were also operators of Jerry's locations.)

Earlier restaurants were known for their Cape Cod-style buildings, blue roofs, small steeples, and nautically-themed decorations such as seats made to look like nautical flags. Most early restaurants also featured separate entrance and exit doors, a corridor-like waiting line area, food heaters that were transparent so customers could see the food waiting to be served, and a bell by the exit which customers could "ring if we did it well." Many of these buildings had dock-like walkways lined with pilings and thick ropes that wrapped around the building exterior. Somewhat newer restaurants kept the basic structural design and theme, but eliminated most of the interior features. The contemporary, multi-brand outlets do not use the blue roofed Cape Cod-style buildings. All locations continue to have the "ring if we did well" bell by the exit, a feature that was later copied by Arby's. Originally, the chain had a much larger focus on a pirate theme. For example, the chain used to offer small chicken drumsticks which they called "peg-legs."

The restaurant, which has over 1200 units worldwide, is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. The company purchased it from Yorkshire Global Restaurants, which originally acquired it from Fleet Boston Bank after its having gained control of the restaurants due to bankruptcy. Yum! originally combined many of the franchises' locations with its chain of A&W Restaurants, and most new Long John Silver's locations in the first few years after the acquisition were co-branded with A&W. Yum! announced in 2005 that it would expand the multi-brand concept and pair Long John Silver's with KFC, just as they had paired Taco Bell and Pizza Hut along with A&W, and Long John Silver's has since been paired with all of Yum!'s other chains. The parent corporation of the chain's Canadianmarker franchises, which have no connection with A&W in Canada, is Priszm.

International operations


There was one Long John Silver's Store located in Australia, in Kings Park, a suburb of Sydneymarker, NSWmarker. The burgers and seafood varied from the American menu to make it a more classic Australian Menu, although still taking on 'A&W Root Beer' and its logo as a partner. In 2007, the restaurant was shut down, due to poor sales.


Beginning in the late 1970s, a lone franchise operated four stores in the mid-southwestern area of Ontario. Lone stores were located in Kitchenermarker, Cambridgemarker, Guelphmarker and Stratfordmarker. Their menus were broader than American stores of today as they included a small selection of salads as meals, some including boiled shrimp. The menu also included seafoods not offered today, such as clams, oysters, scallops, and "Peg Legs" (which were parts of chicken wings but named in keeping with the pirate theme). The stores also offered a limited selected of beer and wine. The design (Cape Codmarker style) of the stores was similar to American stores of that time period. By the late 1980s there was also a location in London, Ontariomarker, but by the early 1990s some locations began to close and by the mid 1990s only a lone store in Waterloomarker was operating, which closed shortly thereafter.

In 2006 a store was opened by Yum! Brands in Woodbridge, Ontariomarker, a northern suburb of Torontomarker, and a joint store with KFC, which only offered a partial LJS menu, was opened in Pickering Town Centre Mall, in Pickeringmarker, an eastern suburb of Toronto. These locations were closed within a year and two years, respectively, due to poor sales.

New Zealand

The chain operates as LJS in New Zealand. Currently, 14 LJS locations are open in New Zealand, ranging from Wellsford (Upper Auckland), through Aucklandmarker & Manukau, and as far down as Christchurch. An LJS restaurant was operating as far up as Whangareimarker, but closed due to poor sales. Long John Silvers NZ stores use a variety of premium New Zealand fish including Hoki, Red Snapper, Dory and Tarakihi. The restaurant also co-operates with local businesses McCain, Sealord and Coca-Cola New Zealand.


There are currently 31 stores operating in Singaporemarker, more than any other single city in the world.

United Kingdom

Long John Silver's broke into the United Kingdommarker market in 2006. They had one branch in Walsallmarker, near the second biggest city, Birminghammarker. The restaurant however did not do particularly well becoming run down very quickly, which has stalled their expansion (though the UK is the largest consumer of Fish and Chips in the world, they also have the largest number of independent restaurants also, therefore Long John Silver's had no foothold on the competition). The restaurant is now re-branded as a KFC.


There are a couple of stores located in Taiwanmarker.

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