Now for Our Story
Brothers Jeff and Randy Kaplan are the Co-Owners of the Parkette Drive-In Restaurant(2008).
Jeff has been a Subway Franchisee, here in Lexington for more than 17 years. He and his wife Carol came to Lexington from Tampa, Florida where they met in college at the University of South Florida. It was in Tampa that Jeff and Carol first discovered Subway.
As a Subway customer himself, Jeff saw the potential for success that Subway restaurants could have and he wanted to be a part of it. Jeff's entrepreneurial spirit took over and he and Carol decided to come to Lexington to be with family and to open their first Subway franchise. After 17 successful years(2008), Jeff and Carol have grown their company and now own several Subway locations here in Lexington.
Randy first came to Kentucky in 1983, graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Law Enforcement Degree in 1984. After 2 1/2 years on the Atlanta PoliceDepartment, Randy missed the Bluegrass and returned to join the Lexington Police Department in 1986.
upon retiring from the Lexington police department in 2005, Randy worked for the Fayette County Attnorey's Office, a short period of time.
Jeff recruited Randy to join his Subway Team in order to build a Marketing, Catering, & Security Division for his Subway stores (which they still have today). Randy could not turn down an opportunity to work with his brother, so he accepted the challenge.
After working together for the past few years, we discovered that we complimented each other so well that we wanted to partner up on an
independant project together (with Jeff keeping Subway, of course).
We looked at several concepts and were very close to opening something unique to Lexington, when Jeff discovered that the Parkette had closed in 2007. Together we decided that it was our destiny to return the Parkette to its glory days. We could not let this Lexington landmark and icon be destroyed.
We purchased the Parkette in July 2008 and the renovation and restoration began.
After many months of ideas, hard work and desire, we renovated the entire restaurant, including the kitchen area, and created a total
transformation in the dining room. We knew that Lexington needed the Parkette to look and feel like "the good ol' days". A place where family's can go to feel good. A place for great food, with great service and a great atmosphere. We also felt that it was equally important to keep the car port call boxes and the Car Hops in order to maintain the tradition of the Parkette. We also felt it was important to continue with the Hot Rod and Car Club shows as well. We hope you agree. It is our pleasure to bring that to you.