Culver’s, known for its ButterBurgers and fresh frozen custard, celebrated a grand opening today at its new Bettendorf store.

Craig Culver, chief executive officer and founder of the Culver national chain, was on hand to welcome the crowd and share some of the company philosophy for success.

“You got to start with a good team,” he said. “And we are in the people business. Welcome people. Be good to people. I lost both my parents the last two years, but they always surrounded themselves with good people. Yes, there were talented people, too, but also nice people.”

The Bettendorf fast-food restaurant opened its doors Nov. 19 at 2312 Spruce Hills Drive in Cumberland Square. Local owners are Michael Jones, Mitchell Pencil and Scott Davis. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with the exception of a few holidays. The new Culver’s employs 56 people.

The first Culver’s opened in Wisconsin in 1984. There currently are 477 nationwide. The Bettendorf location is the fourth Culver’s franchise in the Quad-Cities.

The restaurant is in the building that housed Fazoli’s restaurant until it closed in 2004.

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