Carl's Jr. Opens First Florida Restaurant
Carl's Jr. Opens First Florida Restaurant

Known around the world for its big, bold flavors, parent company of Carl's Jr.® CKE Restaurants Inc. and partner RSMG Holding LLC are celebrating the opening of the first Florida restaurant in Doral (5755 NW 87th Ave). In celebration of this moment, the restaurant will host a grand opening ceremony on March 12 from 6-7 p.m. ET. 

"Carl's Jr. and our guests are all about innovative, audacious flavors and live-out-loud, authentic moments, and we can't wait to be part of the energy and community in South Florida," said Vice President of Brand Marketing for Carl's Jr. Anthony Nguyen. "Thank you to our partners at RSMG – together, we made it happen, and we look forward to many more opportunities in the future." 

Carl's crave-worthy menu items include over-the-top, juicy charbroiled burgers, hand-breaded chicken tenders, hand-scooped shakes and indulgent breakfast burgers. Together with its franchisees, Carl's Jr. operates more than 1,000 restaurants across the U.S. and has a presence in 25 countries worldwide. 

"RSMG is looking to position Carl's Jr. as a market leader in South Florida," said Ron Santolaya, CEO and partner of RSMG. "We look forward to utilizing our values and creating a long-lasting relationship with the Doral and South Florida community that can continue to grow, and hopefully expand both domestically and internationally, over the upcoming years." 

The location was first announced in July 2023 and was followed by pre-opening celebrations, including dining events for local emergency responders.  

Santolaya, who has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, is no stranger to the Carl's Jr. brand. For 10 years, he served in corporate international operations based in Anaheim, CA, before holding executive leadership positions with Mexico and Chile-based international franchise groups. Now he has his own franchise group with partners Claudio Fernandez and Milko Grbic – who both serve as managing director and partner.  

Focused on a culture of respect, collaboration and teamwork, RSMG will employ more than 40 restaurant team members plus management at the 2,500 sq. ft., 42-seat Doral restaurant. 

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