Start to Finish: Chris Newcomb
As an out-of-work college student, I got into this industry purely by accident. My father, who was a dentist at the time, had the desire to open a restaurant and told me I was going to be part of the business. Having no restaurant experience, we opened our first deli concept, called Checquers, in 1989. We really started growing our concept and wanted to break from the association with hamburgers and Checkers Double Drive-Thru. We changed the name to McAlister’s Deli, opened four restaurants, and started franchising.