Arby’s is an American quick-service fast-food sandwich restaurant chain. Arby’s was founded in Boardman, Ohio, in July 23, 1964 by Forrest and Leroy Raffel. They were the owners of a restaurant equipment business who believed there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to call their restaurants “Big Tex,” but that name was already used by an Akron business. Instead, they chose the name “Arby’s,” based on R.B., the initials of Raffel Brothers.
The original Arby’s initially served only roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and soft drinks. Now Arby’s is famous for its classic Roast Beef and Beef ‘n Cheddar sandwiches. Arby’s products also include a deli-style Market Fresh line of sandwiches, Curly Fries and Jamocha Shakes. Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. is the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S. with more than 3,400 restaurants in 7 countries including the U.S., Canada, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Roark Capital Group acquired the company in July 2011 and owns 81.5% of the company.