About Guthrie’s

Our Timeline

July 1965

Guthries Opens
Guthrie’s first restaurant opens in Haleyville, Alabama. A full-service restauraunt, the original location served a full menu of tasty southern favorites.

October 1968

Chicken Finger Recipe Born
Hal Guthrie develops “secret recipe” for chicken breading

Summer 1978

chicken Fingers Debut
“Golden Fried Chicken Fingers”
appears on the menu for the first time. Hud saves recipe.

July 1982

Guthrie’s doubles in size
Guthrie’s opens its second location in Auburn, Alabama

September 1982

Wow. That was quick.
In an effort to speed production, Hal & oldest son Chris revise Guthrie’s menu to feature only chicken fingers, fries, texas toast, slaw and
- of course - our famous sauce.

June 1984

Guthrie’s expands. Here we go again!
Two years after expanding to Auburn, we cross the Georgia line and open a store in Athens


Suddenly, everyone’s a chicken expert The first of many copy-cats open their doors. We’re flattered. However, we will always be the original


Guthries begins expanding in all directions. The cities of Tallahassee & Tuscaloosa and (another city) become home to new Guthrie’s restaurants. We’ve suddenly got more than a customer base.We’ve got fans.


You’re Reading. We’re cooking. To this day, Guthrie’s is committed to serving the same simple menu, the same original recipes that made us the orginal chicken finger specialists. It’s customers like you that have transformed that first Guthrie’s restaurant into a culinary institution.

Thanks for dining at Guthrie’s. And thanks for reading our story.