How to win a year's supply of free Carl's Jnr meals


IN LESS than a week, Queensland’s first freestanding Carl’s Jr Burger drive-through restaurant will open in Ipswich – and free food is on the menu.

The restaurant is one of the chains within the new $20 million food precinct at Redbank Plains, alongside the Krispy Kreme which opened in December.

On January 18, Carl’s Jr Burger will host its grand opening which comes with an attractive offer for burger lovers.

The first 50 people through the door on the day will not only be given their meal for free, but will win free food for a year.

It’s a tasty offer that signals the start of the US Burger giant’s expansion into Queensland.

Ipswich business owners, The Bansal Group, will spearhead that expansion with 19 more restaurants earmarked for the Sunshine State. 

One of those sites is already under construction at West Ipswich with the restaurant tipped to open later this year.

The Bansal Brothers, Vishal and Gaurav, are a home-grown business success story which starts in supermarkets.


Key points  

  • Where:  588 Redbank Plains Road, Redbank Plains, QLD
  • Operating Hours:  6.00am to Midnight; Breakfast served daily 6:00am – 10:00am
  • Features:  Free Wifi, Indoor and Outdoor seating, Kids Menu
  • Grand Opening: January 18 from 8.30am


In 2009 the brothers took on their first retail business at IGA West Ipswich.

Today, the Bansal Group operates more than 30 IGAs across Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.

With their focus now on burgers, by 2020 the brothers will also be operating 20 Carl’s Jr Burger restaurants across Queensland.

IGA Goodna owners Vishal and Gaurav Bansal. Photo: File

IGA Goodna owners Vishal and Gaurav Bansal. Photo: FileClaudia Baxter

Vishal Bansal, said the group was honoured to work with Carl’s Jr., known for “pushing the envelope” when it comes to innovative foods.

“… like us, they are also extremely dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and delivering fresh, high-quality food,” Mr Bansal said.

“The brand clearly fills a gap in the market for a premium quality burger experience at the price and convenience of fast food.”

The restaurant at Redbank Plains will showcase the new interior design elements to follow in later Carl’s Jr Burger Queensland stores.

Carl's Jnr Burger menu options.

Carl’s Jnr Burger menu options.


Carl’s Jr Burger has been a success in the US and in Australia.

The menu selection focuses on affordable, handmade items including its trademark Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes, Angus Beef Thickburgers, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders and a range of calorie friendly options.

Ned Lyerly, President of the CKE Restaurants – the parent company of Carl’s Jr. Burger – said Australia was a priority market for the brand and the Bansal brothers were a welcome addition to the team.

Carl's Jr Burger menu options.

Carl’s Jr Burger menu options.

“Their entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our brand will greatly contribute to our success as they develop restaurants throughout Queensland and partner with our existing franchise community to satisfy Australian consumers’ demand for a superior burger experience,” Mr Lyerly said.


Carl's Jnr promo shot

Carl’s Jnr promo shotCarl’s Jnr


The growth of Carl’s Jr

1940s: Young married couple Margaret and Carl Karcher

spend their savings to buy a hot dog cart

1950s: A quick-service legend is born: Carl’s Jr.® opens for


1960s: Carl’s Jr.® begins its commitment to a quality

experience with table service, plush carpet,

and music

1970s: Headquarters open in Anaheim, California, and

by 1977, 5,000 people are employed in our


1980s: Carl’s Jr.® introduces the legendary Western Bacon


1990s: Carl’s Jr.® begins edgy, irreverent advertising

campaigns creating significant pop-culture buzz

2000s: Carl’s Jr.® introduces the industry-leading 100

percent Black Angus Thickburger.

Carl’s Jr.® steps up international expansion,

opening in China and Singapore, Russia, and

American Samoa

2011: Carl’s Jr.® opens in Costa Rica, Ecuador,

New Zealand, Panama, Turkey, and Canada

2012: Carl’s Jr.® opens in Thailand and Brazil

2013: Introduces Fresh Baked Buns, a QSR industry first

Roark Capital acquires CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

2014: Carl’s Jr.® introduces the All-Natural Burger, another

QSR industry first

Carl’s Jr.® reaches the 600th restaurant milestone

2015: Carl’s Jr.® opens in Colombia, Guatemala, and India

and reaches 200th restaurant milestone in Mexico

2016: Carl’s Jr.® opens in Japan and in Australia, with record-breaking results

CKE opens 700th international restaurant

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