Classic All-American Dining Experience Arrives in Chile, Santiago


Iconic American restaurant chain, Johnny Rockets, today announced its first South American restaurant, opening in Chile’s capital city, Santiago. A special grand opening celebration is scheduled, all day, July 29, at the new shopping center location, at Av. La Dehesa 1201, Local 103.

Despite the February earthquake that rocked their city, during construction, Johnny Rockets’ Chilean franchise ownership and management teams demonstrated their commitment to this new business. They replaced what had been damaged and forged ahead to open on-schedule, even sending their team leaders to California for first-hand training, shortly after the catastrophe.

“The earthquake was, by far, the most extreme experience that I have lived through,” said franchise owner Felipe Infante. “But throughout, we’ve remained focused on bringing classic Americana and the simple goodness of Johnny Rockets to the people of South America. We have invested a great deal in our belief that authentic American cuisine will be a tremendous draw for both locals and travelers…and that superlative service, uplifting music and lively dancing will provide a unique dining experience that will keep them coming back, again and again.”

With nearly 50 new employees on-hand, the 1,900-square-foot restaurant offers the same authentic decor and great-tasting food that has made Johnny Rockets a success, around the globe, for nearly 25 years. The Santiago menu features standard favorites, while integrating local Chilean cuisine, like fresh avocado, as an extra. Signature entrees include grilled-to-order hamburgers, American Fries and hand-dipped shakes. Guests attending the opening are eligible to receive coupons for free menu items on future visits.

“Johnny Rockets is excited to enter the South American market, as we see great potential for growth in the region,” said David Pettingill, director of international franchise sales for Johnny Rockets. “We look forward to engaging the local community and bringing our unique dining concept and live entertainment to the people of Chile in hopes of future expansion.”

For more information on Johnny Rockets or its growing franchise opportunities, please contact or, for opportunities outside the U.S., e-mail [email protected]

Posted 8/6/10.