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The Secret Recipe

They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But this food story’s not about fruit, it’s about poultry. Chicken to be exact.

It was 1966 when Lee Cummins packed up his knowledge of making fried chicken and set out on his own. It seemed the would-be entrepreneur’s ambitions grew beyond working within his uncle’s family business making fried chicken. It wasn’t long before Cummins established his own restaurant, Harold’s Take-Home, in Lima, Ohio.

Soon after, the company’s first franchise opened up in Columbus, Ohio, under the name Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken.

Starting a business is no easy task, but the guy who taught him everything was no ordinary businessman. Cummins’ uncle was Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of the other popular fried chicken chain.

The Lee’s brand grew in popularity over the next six years, and Robert Griffith was hired in 1972 as the corporate general manager for the franchise. He purchased two franchises that summer, and now almost 40 years later, there are 140 locations throughout the U.S., and Robert’s son, Scott, and his wife, Kim, carry on the family legacy as owner/operators.

The menu has expanded over the years, but the homestyle food and sides are still just as tasty as ever.

Operating seven locations including Bellefontaine, New Carlisle, Piqua, Sidney, and Springfield, Ohio, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken offers a good deal on a great meal for your next family, school, church, or business function.

On continuing to grow the business, Scott Griffith, president and general manager, said, “Our interactions with Jason Duff and Adam Rammel have been more as partners than customers. Instead of just trying to sell, COMSTOR Outdoor takes the time to learn about our needs so that they can help us grow our business.”

COMSTOR Outdoor is working with Scott and Kim to identify a second billboard site. We’re proud to play a small part in helping carry on the family tradition.

To learn more visit www.leeschicken.net.

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