Fast food isn’t often associated with healthy eating. But Richard Thomas was able to take his experience running various fast food eateries and turn it into a successful health food restaurant.
Thomas opened the R. Thomas Deluxe Grill in Atlanta in 1985. Before that, he had owned multiple Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut units. And he even helped found the Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits chain, which expanded into 28 locations across multiple states before being sold for $12 million in 1982.
But Thomas wasn’t done with the restaurant business yet.