The Legacy of the
Captain D’s Franchise

For nearly 50 years, Captain D’s has been a place where customers can share great seafood in a warm and family-friendly environment, at unbeatable value. It is also an excellent opportunity to own a growing business with a real focus on the future.

1969
1970s
1980s and 90s
2012
2017
2018
1969
The First Taste Of The Coast

Captain D’s opens as Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers in Tennessee with the goal to provide quality seafood at reasonable prices. The concept was a hit, and restaurants began to spread throughout the Southeast.

1970s
The First Taste Of The Coast

Captain D’s started franchising with the goal of making quality seafood more easily available and affordable.

1980s and 90s
The First Taste Of The Coast

Captain D’s grew throughout the Southeast. The brand evolved with a new image and logo, as well as new restaurant interior and exterior designs. Captain D’s were beginning to pop up in more places, and the brand itself was developing along with the franchise.

2012
The First Taste Of The Coast

Captain D’s debuted a new image and colorful coastal restaurant design that defined their brand even more, with a clear mission of bringing a taste of the coast at an affordable price to everyone!

2017
The First Taste Of The Coast

QSR Magazine names Captain D’s one of the 9 best franchise deals.

2018
The First Taste Of The Coast

Captain D’s creates a new smaller footprint restaurant prototype to improve ROI by reducing build-out costs for their Franchise Owners.

Our new restaurant design has a beachside resort vibe that delivers a more modern, inviting customer experience. Check out the before and after video.

Who’s at the Helm of Captain D’s?

The leadership at Captain D’s is made up of true restaurateurs who are also Franchise Owners—264 Captain D’s locations are corporately owned. We know restaurants and we are working to drive profitability for all of us.

Philip M. Greifeld, President, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Folks, Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Chris Kuehn, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Chris Crabtree, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Brad Reed, Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Keith Davis, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Tim Ward, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Janet L. Duckham, Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Nancy Ward, Vice President of Training

Smooth Seas Ahead

Captain D’s is not a publicly traded company so we can provide as much support to our Franchise Owners as we see fit! And we do A LOT. Our pre-opening marketing plans, scheduled and unscheduled restaurant visits, and our ongoing educational tools maximize our Franchise Owners success. Plus, we’re always just a phone call or email away!

  • 7 Certified Trainers on Opening Day
  • 68 Restaurant Operators on Training Team
  • 750 Grand Opening Training Hours
Smooth Seas Ahead

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