months after the Roy Rogers chain has announced its planned return to the Cincinnati area, the first of 10 planned restaurants will open this year in Cleves.
The Cleves site is scheduled to open in the winter of 2022 and is located adjacent to the Cleves Skyline Chile, directly across from Taylor High School. The 3,400 square foot building will have drive-thru and feature an outdoor dining terrace.
Roy Rogers plans 10-unit deal with One Holland Corporation. Future additional locations include Hamilton, Butler, and Clermont counties in southwestern Ohio; Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties in northern Kentucky and Dearborn County in southeastern Indiana.
“Cleves is the perfect location for our first Roy Rogers location, as we already have a great relationship with the city and many fantastic employees,” said Gary Holland, CEO and founder of One Holland Corp restaurant group. in a press release. “Residents have continued to share their excitement since our initial announcement, so we’re working diligently to bring Roy’s famous burgers, beef and chicken to our community.
The western-themed fast food chain is named after the Cincinnati-born singer and actor. Rogers was born in a building on Second Street in Cincinnati in 1911, where Riverfront Stadium was later built. The stadium, later named Cinergy Field, hosted the Reds and Bengals for 30 years. Rogers often joked that he was born on second base.
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He went on to become a star in the West, appearing in over 100 films and numerous radio and TV episodes of “The Roy Rogers Show”. Roger died in 1998.
Rogers lent its name to the fast food chain, which was founded by Big Boy franchisees as RoBee’s House of Roast Beef in 1968. They were acquired by Marriott and then sold to Hardee’s parent company, Imasco. The other non-franchised Roy Rogers were converted into Hardee restaurants.