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Minute Man Jacksonville
The newest addition to Minute Man’s family is also the flagship for the brand’s exciting relaunch. Located just off Highway 67 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, our store is just a stone’s throw away from Little Rock Air Force Base at 120 John Harden Drive. This location aligns perfectly with our motto, “Service Is Our Strength.” It also reflects Minute Man’s 21st century vision of establishing America’s first all veteran-operated quick-serve national restaurant brand. We believe the daily exemplary leadership modeled by our neighbors at Little Rock Air Force Base and in the patriotic Jacksonville community, coupled with their continued selfless sacrifice for our Country, beautifully illustrates the values we are committed to upholding as we relaunch Minute Man.Order Now
Charcoal Grilled Hamburgers and Other Tastes from the Past
So much history in this one location! Try any of the classic charcoal grilled hamburgers like the “Big M” and some fresh French fries. Trust us when we say you won’t be able to get enough of the relish sauce or taste the one-of-a-kind flavor of the #2 Smoke Burger. Minute Man President and Arkansas native, Perry Smith, announced Jacksonville, Arkansas as the location for the first new Minute Man restaurant. “We are pleased to announce that we have selected Jacksonville for the relaunch of the beloved Minute Man restaurant brand!” The opening for this newest location was September 11, 2021 a date of some significance. Hungry Minute Man fans descended in droves and at long last were once again enjoying their favorite hamburgers, crispy french fries, nostalgic Radar Pies, shakes and much more. “Jacksonville is a great community and home to a lot of Minute Man fans. Our team is committed to bringing our best efforts each and every day to ensure we exceed their high expectations,” said Smith.Order Now
The Newest Minute Man Flagship
The opening of Jacksonville will usher in a new era for the brand started by Wes Hall in 1948, which at one time boasted 57-locations in 7-states. We are extremely grateful and excited to use our experience building and leading restaurant teams in delivering quality food and exceptional service to reintroduce our state to this iconic brand. Together, our team remains clear minded about our mission: Deliver delicious food and a special experience that celebrates the values of Service, Patriotism, and Community—one meal and customer at a time. Minute Man is back – and Jacksonville, Arkansas is the first of many new locations yet to come. In addition to offering traditional favorites from its menu, new offerings are being added to attract a fresh audience. All locations are designed with quality, safety, health, and service as foundations. Minute Man Jacksonville invites you to enjoy our dining room, walk-up, drive-through, or take-out! Stop by Monday-Saturday 11 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. CLOSED SUNDAYS. For more information or to order ahead, call the friendly staff at SMS: (501) 983-4857. Call: (501) 983-4857.(501) 983-4857.Order Now
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Minute Man - The Legend Is Back!
The legendary Minute Man brand started in 1948 is back and tastier then ever! Serving up delicious charcoal-grilled original hamburgers and the crispiest, perfectly-seasoned fries, Minute Man is also offering its new Charcoal-rotisserie Chicken hot off it's specially designed charcoal-fired rotisserie, bringing you the Minute Man flavor you love to a healthy Peruvian-flavored alternative that goes great with our orange and green dipping sauces. Don't forget to add our special cheese dip, an innovative shake, or one of our famous Radar Pies to your meal to make it Minute Man-complete!Order Now
The Original Minute Man
The history of Minute Man began with entrepreneur, Wesley T. Hall. Hall opened the first Minute Man restaurant in Little Rock, AR on May 26, 1948, starting out as a coffee shop with 24-hour service. In 1956, Hall bought out his business partners and converted the flagship store at 407 Broadway into a fast-food establishment. Hall quickly created Minute Man’s menu from standard diner fare to focus on a classic American food: delicious, charcoal grilled hamburgers. Over the next 26 years, his businesses skyrocketed to success; a winning recipe of quality ingredients, delicious flavors, fast service, and hardworking team members led to fifty-seven Minute Man locations in seven states. The Last Minute Man Standing: The phenomenal success of the original Minute Man changed over time…but it never went away. Just days after Hall’s passing, the second to last Minute Man restaurant—the original location in Little Rock—closed its doors. After the Little Rock location closed, one restaurant remained: Minute Man #14 in El Dorado owned and operated by Ms. Linda McGoogan for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, this location remains a neighborhood staple and a living legend. You can learn more about the El Dorado restaurant on the El Dorado page of our website.
Wes Hall’s Famous Marketing Strategies
Hall was a clever businessperson and innovative entrepreneur. The original Minute Man was one of the first restaurants in America to use a microwave, also known as a RadarRange in its day-to-day operations to warm up individual fruit pies (which he called a, “Radar Pie”) for a sweet ending to a simple, delicious meal. In addition, he partnered with Coca-Cola to design a signature glass that he gave away to his customers with the purchase of a beverage. Mr. Hall also came up with the first kids-sized fast food meals, which he dubbed “Magic Meals.” This innovation was introduced before McDonald’s invented Happy Meals, and each meal included a magic trick. Later on, Hall sold this innovative concept to Burger Chef which became Burger King.
Mr. Hall created some catchy slogans and jingles for his business. He pioneered the slogan “Old-fashioned hamburgers” and later sold it to Wendy’s. Another classic included the lyrics “Share a minute with a friend at the Minute Man! And you’ll be back for seconds at the Minute Man! There’s no bigger, better burger than the Minute Man!” Generations of Arkansans still remember this song and the delicious charcoal-grilled hamburger it advertises. Hall’s long-term impact on the fast food industry is undeniable. Before he became a fast food franchise legend, he was in the U.S. Army infantry and served during World War II. He was once again called into active duty again from 1951 to 1952, and managed mess halls for the Quartermaster Corps at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith and Camp Crowder in Missouri. His years of military service left an indelible mark on Hall that was reflected in his lifelong belief that service to others was the highest call of any and every person. Hall also had experience in the food industry from his work at the local supermarket, Food Palace, and Kraft Food Company. He was thirty-three years old when he started Minute Man. Hall passed away in 2002 at the age of eighty-seven, leaving behind a strong legacy of hard work, selfless service to others, and relentless determination that made a lasting impression on generations past, present, and (soon) future.Book: “101 Things to Eat in Arkansas Before You Die: A Travel Guide to the Very Best Plates in The Natural State” by Kat Robinson
The Last Minute Man Standing
The phenomenal success of the original Minute Man changed over time…but it never went away. Just days after Hall’s passing, the second to last Minute Man restaurant—the original location in Little Rock—closed its doors. After the Little Rock location closed, one restaurant remained: Minute Man #14 in El Dorado owned and operated by Ms. Linda McGoogan for over 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown, this location remains a neighborhood staple and a living legend. You can learn more about the El Dorado restaurant on the El Dorado page of our website.El Dorado News-Times Article
The Minute Man Relaunch
2018 was a special year for Minute Man for two reasons. First, Minute Man celebrated its seventieth anniversary. In addition, Arkansas native Perry J. Smith, the founder of Matchbox Food Group, partnered with Ms. Linda McGoogan, the owner and operator of Minute Man 14, to revive the Minute Man franchise! By all accounts, this has been a much-anticipated and successful resurrection of a well-loved franchise. For years, Ms. McGoogan had been getting questions about when more Minute Man locations might open again. Now she finally has an answer: “Get your butt to Jacksonville, they’re open!”THV11CBS News Article
A Perfect Arkansas Partnership
Ms. McGoogan’s guidance and knowledge of Minute Man has been a major asset to this revival. Smith serves as the CEO and President of the new Minute Man. The restaurant holds a special place in Smith’s heart. He grew up in Arkansas and started going to Minute Man at an early age and his family taught him the importance of supporting a local Arkansas establishment. After selling his shares of the Matchbox Food Group, Smith helped start the Avalon Institute in 2016, a leadership and business development firm that helps enterprises flourish and thrive. Over the years, Smith has extensively researched the history of the Minute Man franchise. Not only has this deepened his love of Minute Man food and the history of the brand, but also strengthened his relationship with Ms. McGoogan leading to their partnership in this relaunch. As Minute Man embarks on its new growth plan, she has no plans to retire, but will continue to operate her restaurant while assisting in the development of new units.AR Biz Journal Article
The rest of our Minute Man team has extensive experience in the restaurant business. We are passionate about giving customers unique, fast, delicious food that makes their day and plans call to start the relaunch with two new Minute Man restaurants in Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas. We have a strong vision and an agile plan for many more in the future! Through heightened interest on social media and our conversations with Arkansas customers and Minute Man fans, we are confident that people are going to enjoy the newest and best version of the restaurant we can offer.PR Web Article
The Minute Man Foundation
The mission, duty and purpose of The 501-c-3 Not-for-Profit Minute Man Foundation is to provide qualified U.S. military veterans of all branches of service access to low to no cost hospitality licensing and franchising opportunities to support our objective of creating more VETREPRENEURS—veteran owned and operated small businesses, across the United States. As the nation continues to reintegrate veterans who have spent much of their careers at war and in the service of their country, a great deal of focus continues to be placed on veteran unemployment numbers, which, while falling, continues to remain higher than in the civilian workforce. But there are a growing group of veterans who aren’t looking for jobs. Rather, they are looking to create them. According to the most recent data, veteran-owned firms employ 5.8 million individuals. A recent Small Business Administration study found that military veterans are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than people with no military experience. In fact, current census data confirms that at least 2.7 million U.S. businesses today are veteran-owned, but experts say the number could very well be twice that amount.
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This is not a new phenomenon. For many years, military veterans have become entrepreneurs at a much higher rate than non-veterans. According to a Syracuse University study, a whopping 49% of World War II veterans went on to own or operate their own businesses and in the modern era, the spirit of veteran entrepreneurship that spawned the likes of Walmart, Federal Express, ReMax Realtors, GoDaddy, and USAA is alive and well. Minute Man Serves VeteransThis latest vet-centric entrepreneurship movement spreading across America has even spawned a new title, “Vetrepreneur.” Committed to practically applying the lessons learned from the military to business, todays veteran entrepreneurs are transforming the marketplace by channeling the discipline, savvy, and courage learned during their time in service to undertake bold new business pursuits. And our nation is a better place for it.
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Though success in industry is never guaranteed, we at the Minute Man Foundation are convinced that America’s history is all the richer for the scores of veterans who have chosen to channel their talent and passion into becoming a Vetrepreneur. Men and women whose desire to give the best of themselves in service to an idea, mission or cause larger than themselves are confirming that the invaluable skills of leadership, teamwork, disciplined execution, and relentless professionalism helps form a strong foundation for veterans to succeed as business owners. Service Is Our Strength at Minute Man. To this end, it is our focus at the Minute Man Foundation to facilitate the transition and expand the opportunities for those service men and women who are committed to becoming Vetrepreneurs. Specifically, we are intent on leveraging our iconic 73-year-old hospitality brand to facilitate veterans’ access to the knowledge, tools, equipment, and technology required to operate mobile and small store front Minute Man food service locations at low to no cost via our Minute Man Foundation Veteran Micro-business mentorship and ownership program. NOTE: The Minute Man Foundation is formally recognized by the IRS as a tax deductible organization.
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