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the History of
“The Original Chicken Finger Specialist”
Hal Guthrie opened the first restaurant to bear the Guthrie family name as a full service restaurant in Haleyville, Alabama in 1965. In 1978, Hal added the famous Guthrie’s chicken fingers to the menu complemented by the “Original Famous Sauce” created by Hud Guthrie at the age of 10. The sauce creation was the result of a family contest between the Guthrie children to enhance the chicken fingers at the family restaurant. The original sauce is made exactly the same today as it was in 1978.
Hal’s oldest son, Chris Guthrie, talked his dad into opening a restaurant in Auburn, Alabama in 1982. Hal and Chris contemplated ways to speed production. Alas, the idea of serving chicken fingers as the only entrée emerged! The implementation of this unique concept made Guthrie’s “The Original Chicken Finger Specialist.”
Two years later Hal and Chris opened Guthrie’s of Athens, the second restaurant specializing in chicken fingers. The Guthrie family, Hal, Melissa, Chris, Hud, Joe Kelly and Anna Margaret opened many other stores across the South.
Guthrie’s began franchising in 2005. As of this writing there are over 27 Guthrie’s in operation. Many more franchise’s have been sold and will be opening soon. The Guthrie family appreciates your business and looks forward to serving you the Best Chicken Fingers in the World.