Area served North America
Parent organization TravelCenters of America
|Industry Casual dining|
|Founder George "Jig" Warren III,
Gary "Moe" Meszaros|
Number of locations 50 in the United States
Headquarters Pennsylvania, United States
Founded 1974, Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States
CEO Gregory R. Lippert (Apr 2014–)
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Quaker Steak & Lube is a casual dining restaurant chain based in Sharon, Pennsylvania. The original restaurant was built in 1974 by George "Jig" Warren and Gary "Mo" Meszaros in an abandoned gas station in downtown Sharon, and decorated with license plates and old automobiles. Originally a "cook-your-own-steak" establishment, Quaker Steak's signature dish is now its chicken wings and the variety of sauces used to season them.
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The name is a play on that of the motor oil product Quaker State.
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In 1974, gas stations across the country were closing in the aftermath of the 1973 oil crisis. George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros came up with the idea of preserving the culture of old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars. They opened Quaker Steak & Lube, initially a "cook-your-own-steak" restaurant that showcased old muscle cars. The original location included a 1936 Chevrolet on the original hydraulic grease rack.
On November 16, 2015, the company was acquired by TravelCenters of America (T/A) immediately after Quaker Steak & Lube filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. T/A plans to expand the chain both in its chain of truck stops as well as in standalone locations.
As of October 2016, there are 50 restaurant locations in 14 states. The majority of the current locations operate in eastern Ohio and western and central Pennsylvania. There are also three operational restaurants in Wisconsin, including one outside of Milwaukee. Locations do, however, span the United States including one location each: outside Denver, Colorado, Clearwater, Florida, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sulphur, Louisiana, Gonzales, Louisiana and Columbia, South Carolina. There was also a Quaker Steak & Lube location inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 2009 to 2014.
The restaurant is known for its chicken wing hot sauce flavors, which are depicted on the Scoville scale. The hottest flavor is the "Triple Atomic Sauce", which is made from the ghost pepper. The Atomic flavor is sold individually in a dropper bottle sealed in an oversized childproof prescription container. Customers must sign a liability waiver.
As of 2009, the chain has won over 100 awards.
The Pointe at North Fayette location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was featured in the Travel Channel series Man v. Food. The episode's challenge was to consume six "Atomic" chicken wings, at the time the strongest wings on Quaker Steak's menu. Host Adam Richman completed the challenge in the allotted time and was awarded a commemorative bumper sticker and a place on the restaurant's "Atomic Wall of Flame".
The chain has since added a "Triple Atomic" sauce, which registers 500,000 Scoville units.