Len Moore spent his entire professional career working in the food service industry. He lived the classic tale of working from a busboy to a dishwasher to a server to a grill cook before becoming that company′s youngest ever general manager at 18. In 1979, Moore started his first sub sandwich and Philly cheesesteaks concept on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey. He held key management positions with TGI Fridays, Olive Garden, and Ruby Tuesday′s restaurants. He also worked as Director of Operations for several independent restaurant companies and was one of the very first Chick-fil-A franchise owners. After many years in the restaurant business, Moore and his wife, Shelia, decided to open their own sandwich shop in Bartlett, Tennessee in September of 1998, naming it Lenny′s Sub Shop.
In 2004, Moore sold majority ownership of Lenny’s to a group of private investors.
Moore enjoyed working in the restaurants because he never wanted to lose track of his business. "The thought of failure never even went through our minds," Moore once said. "I′m really doing something I love. Work is pleasure and pleasure is work."
Lenny's, now owned by Lenny's Franchise Systems, LLC, continues to expand across the country.