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Long John Silver's
Founded 1969 (original), 1998 (Re-founded)
Entrepreneur Jerome Lederer
Headquarters Louisville, Kentucky
Area served Kentucky, Virginia, and Neighboring States
Industry Food Services
Product Seafood

Long John Silver's, Inc. is a United States-based fast-food restaurant that specializes in seafood. The name and concept were inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island. It is based in Lexington, Kentucky.


The first restaurant was opened in 1969 in Lexington, Kentucky. (The original location, on Southland Drive just off Nicholasville Road, was previously a seafood restaurant named the Cape Codder, which accounts for the Cape Cod style of LJS’s early chain restaurants.) Long John Silver's was a privately owned corporation. The chain began as a division of Jerrico, Inc., which also operated Jerry's Restaurants, a chain of family restaurants which also began in Lexington, and was very similar to Big Boy restaurants. Jerry's was located in the Midwest and South.


Louisville, Kentucky, where the corporate headquarters of Long John Silver's was located, was hit by three Soviet missiles. Franchises in surviving towns and cities across the U.S. were overrun by locals looking for food and, like other similar restaurants, soon abandoned.


Following Doomsday, investors approached the owners about restarting the Long John Silver's chain. In 1998, the first post-Doomsday franchise opened in downtown Lexington, followed quickly by one in Elizabethtown. By 2005, the chain had spread regionally across Commonwealth cities in former Kentucky and southern Indiana, as well as into Virginia.