In 1960, Wilber Hardee opened his first restaurant in North Carolina. Hardee's is a part of Hardee's Food Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of CKE Restaurants, which owns and operates more than 3,000 franchisee and company-operated restaurants in over 40 states in the United States and nearly 13 countries worldwide. The restaurant chain offers gift cards of several denominations for various occasions. Its menu includes burgers, sandwiches, biscuits, salads, desserts and beverages. The restaurant chain, in addition, offers a special menu for children. Hardee's also publishes online newsletters. It maintains a location in Breese, Ill.