CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. owns, operates and franchises quick-service hamburger restaurants. It operates under the brand names Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. The Carl's Jr. brand restaurants are located predominantly in the Western United States. The Hardee's brand of restaurants is located predominantly in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. The company was founded by Carl Nicholas Karcher in 1941 and is headquartered in Carpinteria, CA.