Hardee’s, the fast-food burger joint that left Connecticut two decades ago, is coming back.
CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., which purchased the Hardee’s chain in 1997 after its locations in Connecticut and elsewhere in the Northeast had closed, said the first locations will open in New Jersey and New York, then Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The new locations are expected to open in the next 12 to 18 months, CKE said.
The “stand-alone” locations will average 2,500 to 2,750 square feet and include drive-through windows.
Since the purchase by CKE, Hardee’s now features “partial table service” and menu offerings such as the 100 percent Black Angus premium charbroiled burgers.
Nationwide, there are 1,965 company-owned and franchised Hardee’s locations. In addition, CKE has 1,403 Carl Jr.’s restaurants.