It all started in 1949 with the Original Runza® Sandwich. Homemade dough made from scratch everyday — stuffed full of ground beef, onions, cabbage, and secret spices—and then baked fresh and served hot.
It takes a long time to make a sandwich as great as a Runza® . Here is a brief history of what it takes us to bring this great food to you!
|World War II ends.|
|1st Runza® Drive Inn opens in Lincoln, NE near Pioneers Park. Founded by Sally Everett and her brother, Alex Brening.|
|The first color television is introduced in the U.S.|
|The first US satellite, the Explorer 1, is launched into orbit.|
|The Kennedy Nixon debate appears as the first Presidential debate on T.V.|
|Sally Everett's son, Donald Everett Sr., begins working full time at Runza®.|
|The Beatles gain international fame as a rock band.|
The second Runza® location opens at 56th & Holdrege in Lincoln, NE.
Donald Everett, Sr. purchases the trade name and incorporates Runza® Restaurants.
|The US becomes the first nation to land astronauts on the moon.|
|The movie Star Wars is released.|
|Runza® begins advertising on TV.|
|Runza® Restaurants begins franchising.|
|Mount St. Helens erupted.|
|Car hops are replaced with drive-thru.|
|Runza® expands to 20 locations.|
|The Macintosh computer is introduced.|
|The Italian Runza® Sandwich is introduced to the menu.|
|Runza® expands to 40 locations.|
|The Berlin wall falls, uniting East Germany and capitalistic West Germany.|
|Grilled Chicken Sandwiches are introduced to the menu.|
|Runza® celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a $1.99 Meal Deal promotion.|
|Rock n' Roll Runza® opens in downtown Lincoln, NE.|
|The "Grandma Runza® " character is introduced in advertising.|
|The World Wide Web started up for home use.|
|Donald Everett Sr. named State Restaurateur of the Year.|
|Runza® introduces four Kids Meals: Kids Runza® Sandwich, Small Burger, Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets and Mini Corn Dogs.|
|Runza® Rex (a friendly T-Rex) is introduced as Runza® mascot. Chomper, Bronty and Cornelius are introduced a few months later as his Runza® dinosaur friends.|
|President Clinton defeats Bob Dole for second presidential term.|
|Donald Everett Jr. named President of Runza® Restaurants.|
|Runza® celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a two-day block party in downtown, Lincoln, NE.|
Runza® has expanded to 63 locations in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota.
|Runza® raised over $40,000 for families of the victims of 9/11.|
Runza® debuts new logo.
|Runza® launches two new product lines: Garden Fresh Salads & Premium Ice Cream.|
|Runza® rolls out a new line of Deli Wraps.|
|Runza® wins the Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association. The award acknowledged Runza®'s annual fundraising initiative, "Great Books for Great Kids."|
|Dawn Everett Amend is President of the Nebraska Restaurant Association.|
|Runza® expands to over 70 locations in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.|
|Runza® expands to over 80 locations in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.|
|Runza® celebrates its 60th Anniversary!|