O'Charley's is a United States-based chain of casual restaurants. There are currently more than 200 company-owned restaurants in the nation that are located in 17 of the Midwestern and Southern states. This restaurant chain was founded in the year 1971 by a man named Charley Watkins. The restaurant opened across the street from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. This restaurant chain has won awards including three consecutive years as one of the 200 Best Small Companies in America named by Forbes and received a Blue Ribbon for the Top Workplace in the year 2014.