We now know where the first of 10 Roy Rogers restaurants in the area will open

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We now know where the first of 10 Roy Rogers restaurants in the area will open

Months after the Roy Rogers chain announced its planned return to the Cincinnati area, the first of 10 planned restaurants will open this year in Cleves. 

The Cleves location is planned to open in winter 2022 and is located next to the Cleves Skyline Chili, directly in front of Taylor High School. The 3,400-square-foot building will have a drive-through and will feature an outdoor dining patio.

Roy Rogers is planning a 10-unit deal with One Holland Corporation. Additional future locations include Hamilton, Butler and Clermont counties in Southwest Ohio; Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky, and Dearborn County in Southeast Indiana.

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“Cleves is the perfect place for our first Roy Rogers location, as we already have a good relationship with the city and many fantastic employees,” Gary Holland, One Holland Corp. restaurant group CEO and founder said in a release. “Residents have continued to share their excitement since our initial announcement, so we are working diligently to bring Roy’s famous burgers, beef and chicken to our community.”

The Western-themed fast-food chain is named after the Cincinnati-born singer and actor. Rogers was born in a tenement on Second Street in Cincinnati in 1911, where Riverfront Stadium was later constructed. The stadium, later named Cinergy Field, was home to the Reds and Bengals for 30 years. Rogers often joked that he was born on second base. 

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He later became a Western star, appearing in over 100 films and numerous radio and TV episodes of “The Roy Rogers Show.” Rogers died in 1998. 

Rogers lent his name to the fast-food chain, which was founded by Big Boy franchisees as RoBee’s House of Roast Beef in 1968. They were acquired by Marriott and later sold to Hardee’s parent company, Imasco. The remaining nonfranchised Roy Rogers were converted into Hardee’s restaurants.