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Long John Silvers, Inc. is a United States-based fast-food restaurant that specializes in seafood. The name and concept were inspired by Robert Louis Stevensons book Treasure Island. It is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc., which is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The first restaurant was opened in 1969 in Lexington, Kentucky. The original location, on Southland Drive just off Nicholasville Road, was previously a seafood restaurant named the Cape Codder, which accounts for the Cape Cod style of LJS s early chain restaurants. That original location is now a McDonalds Until its bankruptcy in 1998, Long John Silvers was a privately owned corporation. The chain began as a division of Jerrico, Inc., which also operated Jerrys Restaurants, a chain of family restaurants which also began in Lexington, and was very similar to Big Boy restaurants. Jerrys was located in the Midwest and South. When the company was sold in 1989, the Long John Silvers concept had far outgrown the Jerrys chain. Most of Jerrys 46 remaining locations were converted to Dennys by the new owners, with a handful staying under the original name, usually because there was already an existing Dennys nearby. Only a dozen or so, now called Jerrys J-Boy Restaurants, are still open in Kentucky and southern Indiana. LJS stores were largely unaffected by this move. (Many original LJS franchisees were also operators of Jerrys locations.) Earlier restaurants were known for their Cape Cod-style buildings, blue roofs, small steeples, and nautically-themed decorations such as seats made to look like nautical flags. Most early restaurants also featured separate entrance and exit doors, a corridor-like waiting line area, food heaters that were transparent so customers could see the food waiting to be served, and a bell by the exit which customers could “ring if we did it well.” Many of these buildings had dock-like walkways lined with pilings and thick ropes that wrapped around the building exterior. Somewhat newer restaurants kept the basic structural design and theme, but eliminated most of the interior features. The contemporary, multi-brand outlets do not use the blue roofed Cape Cod-style buildings. All locations continue to have the “if we did well, ring the bell” bell by the exit, a feature that was later copied by Arbys. Originally, the chain had a much larger focus on a pirate theme. For example, the chain used to offer small chicken drumsticks which they called “peg-legs”, but now offer small chicken fingers known as “Chicken Planks”. The chain does still offer kids paper pirate hats with LJSs logo. The restaurant, which has over 1200 units worldwide, is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. The company purchased it from Yorkshire Global Restaurants, which originally acquired it from Fleet Boston Bank after its having gained control of the restaurants due to bankruptcy. Yum! originally combined many of the franchises locations with its chain of AW Restaurants, and most new Long John Silvers locations in the first few years after the acquisition were co-branded with AW. Yum! announced in 2005 that it would expand the multi-brand concept and pair Long John Silvers with KFC, just as they had paired Taco Bell and Pizza Hut along with AW, and Long John Silvers has since been paired with all of Yum!s other chains. The parent corporation of the chains Canadian franchises, which have no connection with AW in Canada, is Priszm.