The journey is never ending. There's always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what's right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.
Jhonny Mercado and Andres Garcia have both been multi-unit restaurant owners since 1998, starting with Wendy’s restaurants in Venezuela. They founded JAI in 2007, and began acquiring restaurants in the United States. In 2014, JAI took a large leap, merging with another franchisee called WenRod to create JAE Restaurant Group. By 2021, JAE owned & operated over 225 Wendy’s restaurants in TX, NM, TN, GA & FL, winning numerous excellence awards from the brand. Jhonny and Andres decided to branch off and keep 61 Wendy’s restaurants in TX, NM & TN. Immediately after this transition, JAI was formed and acquired 10 restaurants in SC. With currently more than 3,000 employees, JAI is eager to continue growing in the near future and keep Dave Thomas’ legacy alive. In 2023, JAI expanded its portfolio by incorporating 20 Taco Bell restaurants located in Atlanta, GA.
“Do everything in life with passion and energy and your results will be magical. Without magic, there is no success.”
“Process you measure, process you improve.”
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
“The best way to take care of our customers is to take care of our employees."
“All of our customers are partners in our mission."
JAI is extremely passionate about giving back to the community. Since 2018, JAE & JAI restaurants raised over $1.5 Million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
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