Our Story

Hometown Hospitality

As much as we’d like to think it’s all about the food, our business is really about people.

As Craig and Lea Culver like to say, a ButterBurger and Fresh Frozen Custard taste even better when they’re served with a smile, a “please” and a “thank you.” Hospitality, after all, is something everyone at Culver’s holds near and dear to their hearts.

It all stems back to Ruth Culver, who had a special way about her that made everyone who came to Culver’s feel welcomed. You see it still today each time a team member holds open a door or stops and checks in to ask “How’s your meal?” or responds “It’s my pleasure.”

In many ways Culver’s true measure of success has been its ability to instill Ruth’s spirit of genuine hospitality across all our restaurants, along with a commitment to delicious handcrafted meals and desserts inspired by the family farms surrounding the small town where it all began.

Our promise today is the same as it’s always been: That every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy.

Beyond ButterBurgers »

Since Day One

  • Signature Combination
    Signature Combination

    Combining a love for his mom’s homemade hamburgers with his favorite childhood vacation treat, fresh frozen custard, Craig Culver creates Culver’s signature combination.

  • Flavor of the Day
    Flavor of the Day

    Caramel Pecan, the first of many. Today you’ll still find a unique flavor of Fresh Frozen Custard, made daily and different from one Culver’s to the next.

  • Pumpkin Fresh Frozen Custard
    Pumpkin Fresh Frozen Custard

    Culver’s adds real pumpkin to a batch of Vanilla Fresh Frozen Custard and unleashes a new seasonal pumpkin-loving craze.

  • First Successful Franchise Opening
    First Successful Franchise Opening

    Culver’s enjoyed its first successful franchise with an opening in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Today there are more than 450 family-owned restaurants across 19 states and growing.

  • Lemon Ice
    Lemon Ice

    Craig’s inspiration for a perfect summertime-only complement to our Fresh Frozen Custard treats, originated in the Italian ice shops of New York City.

  • Culver's First Academic Scholarship
    Culver's First Academic Scholarship

    To support team members’ pursuit of higher education, Culver’s awards its first academic scholarship, which led to the creation of Culver’s VIP Foundation. To date, more than 1,800 team members have been awarded $1.8 M.

  • Scoopie
    Scoopie

    Culver’s official ambassador of cheer steps onto the scene, lighting up faces everywhere and introducing folks to the wonders of Fresh Frozen Custard.

  • First Culver's Outside Wisconsin
    First Culver's Outside Wisconsin

    The first Culver’s outside of Wisconsin opens in Buffalo, Minnesota, started by a couple of Wisconsin natives who enjoyed Culver’s so much they decided to introduce us to their neighbors.

  • Wisconsin Cheese Curds
    Wisconsin Cheese Curds

    A Wisconsin delicacy debuts at Culver’s. Cheese curds are unaged bits of cheddar, breaded and deep-fried. They’re supplied by a family-owned Wisconsin dairy.

  • 100th Restaurant
    100th Restaurant

    Guests love for handcrafted ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard helps Culver's reach the 100th restaurant mark in June of 2000.

  • Northwoods Walleye
    Northwoods Walleye

    Culver’s serves its first basket of Northwoods Walleye, hand-battered and cooked to order in the great Wisconsin fish fry tradition. Catch this guest favorite for a limited time each spring.

  • Ruth Culver Community Library
    Ruth Culver Community Library

    Culver Franchising System donates the former home office, overlooking the Wisconsin River, to the community of Prairie du Sac in Ruth Culver’s memory.

  • Concrete Mixers made with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

    The creamiest way to eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup this summer is a Culver's Concrete Mixer. Have a look!

  • Chance to win $5,000 daily with Culver's Big 30

    Celebrate "30" with Culver's and Pepsi as we give away a total of $150,000 during July.

  • Thank you Dad for choosing to be a farmer.  You instilled the value and worth of hard work and passed the love of the farm to all of your children and grandchildren.  You would be proud to see them following in your steps.  Mary C., Wisconsin

    Thank You, Farmers. Culver's fans share their gratitude for hardworking farm families.

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