Culver’s, with roots in Wisconsin, has opened its first Central Florida location in Clermont, and we went to check them out.
I have a bit of a personal connection to the restaurant chain. It was the summer before my senior year in high school, when the first Culver’s opened on July 18, 1984, in Sauk City, Wisconsin. I lived in Baraboo, a town a mere 15 minutes away, so of course I had to check it out – especially since I would pass by it every weekend on the way to Madison.
Culver’s first successful franchised restaurant opened in December 1990, less than a block away from the Baraboo High School. Figures, right? Well, since then, Culver’s has expanded to more than 500 restaurants in 22 states, including the newly opened location in Clermont.
One of the biggest things I miss about living in Wisconsin is Culver’s restaurants. Known for their ButterBurgers and fresh frozen custard, it was a great place to meet up with friends for a meal.
In a news release, Culver’s said they are planning to open three to five new franchised locations in the Orlando area in 2014. The locations and opening dates have not been decided on yet, though the eatery already has four other Florida restaurants under construction or in the planning stages.
Culver’s started in a little town called Sauk City (about 40 min north of Madison) in 1984, and now operates more than 450 family-owned/operated franchises across 19 states. All food, including their ButterBurgers, are made to order – no sitting under heat lamps, ever.
Their frozen custard (a richer style of ice cream) is fresh made daily in small batches in each restaurant. They usually have two regular flavors and a rotating “flavor of the day” – there are over 80 different flavors.
So who besides me is excited to see Culver’s come to Orlando?