THE HISTORY OF DARRYL'S

         Talk to anyone who's lived in North Carolina in the last four decades and there's a good chance they'll remember eating more than one meal at a Darryl's. One of the first casual dining restaurants, Darryl's was known for its off-the-wall, eclectic décor, friendly atmosphere, and unbelievably good food.
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At its peak, Darryl's had 36 restaurants operating in nine states. What began as an idea for a pizza and burger joint, sketched out on a napkin over a late night dinner by the three owners, turned into one of the most successful restaurant chains North Carolina has ever produced. People loved Darryl's not just for the great food, but also for the family-friendly environment and the memories created inside the antique covered walls. Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, engagements, first dates, girls/guys night out –customers stood in lines that circled the block, then flocked through the doors and filled the bar, tables, and booths, day and night.
FROM THE OWNER

My first memory of Darryl's is from a birthday party when I was a kid. It was my favorite restaurant. I remember looking out over the restaurant from the second floor jail area. Darryl's was unique and special.


Over the years, the Darryl's chain was bought and sold a handful of times. Because of too many changes and a lack of resources to keep up with the times, it dwindled from 28 restaurants in the late 90's all the way down to one and was about to close for good. 


That's when I decided to rekindle the fire and bring Darryl's back to its original glory. The restaurant has undergone a $2 million renovation and expansion. We've added great new features like our fire pits, brought back the original Darryl's recipes, and put together a world-class team.

I hope your memories of Darryl's are as special as my first memory.

-Marty Kotis

timeline

1970


1980


1984


1985 

 

 

 


1989


1990-1991


1998

 


2000


2002 


2003


2010 

Darryl’s founded


Sold to General Mills, Inc.


Thad Eure resigns


GM sells its 27 Darryl’s restaurants to W.R. Grace & Co. Inc of NY, a chemical manufacturer and owner of Houlihan’s Old Place and El Torita Mexican restaurants. Darryl’s then became a part of Gilber-Robinson.


Two east coast businessmen, Philip Pilvesky and Arthur G. Cohen, win control of the chain in a leveraged buyout of Houlihan’s and Darryl’s


1990-91 – the company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganizes


Restaurateur Dan Scoggin leads an investment group to take over Houlihan’s Restaurant Group and becomes CEO


The original Darryl’s fails a health inspection and is forced to close.

The restaurant reopens after a $75,000 renovation


Houlihan’s Restaurant Group filed for Chapter 11


Hillsborough street Darryl’s closes


Last remaining Darryl’s restaurant purchased by Kotis Properties, Inc. 

(336) 294 - 1781

3300 West Gate City Blvd,

Greensboro, NC 27407

HOURS:

Tuesday - Thursday: 4pm - 8:30pm

Friday: 12pm - 9pm

Saturday: 2pm - 9pm

Sunday: 12pm - 6pm