Foodservice

7-Eleven Opens 2 Restaurant Concepts in Speedways for First Time

Laredo Taco Company, Raise the Roost Chicken & Biscuits operating in 2 Ohio cities
Logos of Laredo Taco Company, Raise the Roost Chicken & Biscuits
Photograph courtesy of 7-Eleven

IRVING, Texas – The first Speedway convenience stores to feature 7-Eleven’s restaurant concepts serving Mexican food and hand-breaded chicken are now operating in the Columbus and Cleveland areas. 7-Eleven acquired Speedway from Marathon Petroleum Corp., Findlay, Ohio, in May 2021 in the biggest deal in the history of the convenience-store channel.

Brad Williams, 7-Eleven senior vice president of corporate operations and restaurants, said these two Laredo Taco Company and Raise the Roost Chicken & Biscuits restaurants are the first of many coming to the Midwest.

“These locations will continue to provide local customers with the convenience they expect from Speedway plus great restaurant-quality dining options all in one single stop,” he said. “We plan to exceed customers' expectations with both concepts, and all the other great products and services found in Speedway stores across the country.”

Located in Delaware, Ohio, Raise the Roost is a Southern-inspired, on-the-go chicken concept. The first opened in Manhattan in 2020. Billed as “Chicken Worth Crossing the Road For,” Raise the Roost offers a simple menu with signature and spicy chicken sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, fried chicken tenders hand-breaded with a proprietary blend of Southern spices, fresh-baked flaky biscuits, bone-in and boneless wings with signature sauces including a house made-ranch.

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Located in Avon, Ohio, the Laredo Taco Company offers authentic flavors of the Texas and Mexico border. Laredo Taco Company restaurants, along with Stripes convenience stores in Texas, were part of 7-Eleven's 1,000-store acquisition from Sunoco in 2018.They offer specialty tacos and meals not always seen in quick-serve Mexican restaurants, such as authentic barbacoa, chorizo, carne asada, carnitas and breakfast tacos.

Both restaurants are 4,600-square-foot stores and offer dine-in seating.

In addition to the hot food options, both Speedway locations offer fresh hot and iced coffee, Big Gulps, Slurpees and more. This Avon Speedway also features a beer cave.

7-Eleven last year opened a new location in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the first housing both restaurant concepts.

7–Eleven, based in Irving, Texas, operates, franchises or licenses more than 77,700 stores in 19 countries and regions, including about 9,500 in the United States under the 7-Eleven banner, about 3,800 under the Speedway banner and about 500 under the Stripes flag, as well as the Laredo Taco Company and Raise the Roost brands.

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