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1735 Waller St.

Portsmouth, Oh 45662

Email: info@schmidtgroup.us
Phone: 740.353.0990

Fax:  740.353.1576

 
Schmidt Family Restaurant Group

Our Story

Schmidt Family Restaurant Group

The Schmidt Family

Scott Schmidt was born into a working-class family of eight children in a little town in Southern Ohio along the banks of the Ohio River. He learned early on that hard work paid off, and when he was hired as an assistant manager at the local Wendy’s restaurant in 1975, he knew he had found his passion. After 13 years working every conceivable position, Scott took the leap and purchased two Wendy’s franchises in his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio.

 

In 2004 he added another restaurant concept to his portfolio – Buffalo Wild Wings. This bar & grill, which was founded in Columbus, Ohio was rapidly growing franchises across the United States and Scott saw the opportunity to build one in Portsmouth. It was so wildly successful that he has built four more B-Dubs, two more in Ohio and two Kentucky.

 

Scott’s interest in the restaurant business has been carried down to his two sons who are both involved in the company. His oldest son, Aaron, serves as a partner while his youngest son, Justin (“Juice”), is following in his father’s footsteps and in 2015 was named President of Schmidt Family Restaurant Group while also serving as a partner in the business.

 

The dedication and commitment to excellence displayed by the team members within Schmidt Family Restaurant Group has not gone unnoticed by others in the industry. The Portsmouth Buffalo Wild Wings has achieved silver status awards three times from Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. for sales over the course of a year.  In 1997, Scott was presented the Wendy Award. This award is presented to franchisees possessing high operational standards, a commitment to training and development, and proven success in local store marketing. In 2006, our Wendy’s franchise was honored with the prestigious Dave Thomas Founder’s Award which is presented annually to the franchise that best embodies the values and business approach of Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas. Scott was then awarded the Old Fashion Franchise Association Citizen of the Year award in 2012 for his personal efforts in giving back to the community. To top it off, in 2013, Scott was inducted into the Wendy’s Hall of Fame. This award recognizes company employees and franchisees for extraordinary efforts and significant achievements in support of the Wendy’s system.  At the end of 2015, Schmidt Family Restaurant Group acquired 25 additional Wendy’s restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Finally in 2018, Juice was presented with the Wendy Award.  There are few franchises in the Wendy’s System with two Wendy Awards and even fewer Father-Son teams.

 

 

Today, Schmidt Family Restaurant Group encompasses a total of 45 restaurants stretching across three states. The passion Scott feels for his business can be best summed up by a statement he made in an interview: “I’ve been in this business since 1975, but I like to say I’ve never really had a job. I won’t say it hasn’t been hard, but I enjoy doing what I do too much to call it a job. From top to bottom we have a great group of people and they are the reason we are successful.”

  1. March 3rd, 1975

    Scott Schmidt starts his career with Wendy’s as Assistant Manager in Training.

  2. August 4th, 1975

    Scott becomes the General Manager just one week after opening a restaurant in Portsmouth, OH.

  3. September 18th, 1978

    Scott is promoted to District Manager.

  4. May 7th, 1979

    Scott is promoted once again to Operator in Ohio & Florida.

  5. May 10th, 1988

    Scott becomes a Wendy’s Franchisee (and forms JAGS Inc.) buying two restaurants in his hometown of Portsmouth, OH.

  6. March 1st, 1990

    JAGS adds to their company, buying Jackson, Ohio restaurant from the Company.

  7. December 1st, 1992

    JAGS purchases Ironton, OH.

  8. July 1st, 1994

    JAGS builds their first restaurant in Wheelersburg, OH making it the Company’s 5th location.

  9. January 2nd, 1996

    Scott and the JAGS franchise win the Wendy Award This award is presented to franchisees possessing high operational standards, a commitment to training and development, and proven success in local store marketing.

  10. May 1st, 2000

    JAGS opens restaurant in Lucasville, OH

  11. May 20th, 2003

    JAGS opens their 10th restaurant in Coal Grove, Ohio.

  12. November 1st, 2004

    SFRG opens their first Buffalo Wild Wings in Portsmouth, OH.

  13. April 20th, 2004

    SFRG purchases three Wendy’s locations in West Virginia.

  14. January 1st, 2006

    SFRG opens 2 more Buffalo Wild Wings locations- Morehead, KY (2006) and Ironton, OH (2007)

  15. October 20th, 2006

    SFRG wins the Wendy’s Founders Award which is presented annually to the franchise that best embodies the values and business approach of Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas.

  16. September 30th, 2013

    Scott is inducted into the Wendy’s Hall of Fame.

  17. September 24th, 2015

    Juice is named President of SFRG

  18. December 28th, 2015

    SFRG acquires 25 Wendy’s Company locations in WV, KY, and OH.

  19. June 1st, 2016

    SFRG opens 5th Buffalo Wild Wings in Pikeville, KY.

  20. October 1st, 2016

    SFRG acquires Maysville, KY making it their 40th Wendy’s restaurant.

  21. April 1st, 2018

    Renee O’Neal, General Manager at the Grayson Wendy’s, wins the Wendy’s Top GM Award of 2017.

  22. October 1st, 2018

    Juice and SFRG win their 2nd Wendy Award.