Have you ever considered where your favourite fast food restaurant came from? You’ll be surprised how small some of these retail giants once were!
1. BURGER KING (7146 BEACH BLVD, JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA)
Founded by Keith J. Kramer and Matthew Burns, Burger King was originally called Insta-Burger. Helped by their state of the art ovens, known as “Insta-Broilers”, the duo managed to open multiple restaurants and even become a franchise. Their rise in popularity allowed franchisees David R. Edgerton and James McLamore to buy the company in 1959. Dissatisfied with their existing image, the pair changed the name to “Burger King” shortly after the takeover. Surprisingly the original site is still there, occupied by “Stan’s Sandwich”.
2. STARBUCKS (2000 WESTERN AVE, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON)
Unfortunately the original site was demolished in 1976, just 5 years after the shop opened. Luckily they were able to move to the historic Pike Place Market without any delay. Additional shops quickly followed and the rest, as they say, is highly-caffeinated history!
3. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S (1152 1ST AVE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
The the old image of T.G.I.F. was poles apart from what we recognise today. Alan Stillman, the company’s founder, initially wanted to meet the local women. He felt his Manhattan neighbourhood needed a “singles bar” and so the company was born. It was one of the first places to use “ladies night” as a promotion. Sadly the original site closed in 1994 and is now a Baker Street Pub & Grill.
4. PIZZA HUT (503 SOUTH BLUFF ST, WICHITA, KANSAS)
Brothers Dan and Frank Carney opened the restaurant in 1958 after borrowing $600 from their mum. The name “Pizza Hut” was born out of necessity as the existing sign had space for just 9 letters! After 11 years in the same location, the restaurant moved to Wichita State University campus where they experienced huge success. The pair have since gone on to create a franchise with over 700 locations in the UK alone!
5. MCDONALD’S (1398 NORTH E STREET, SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA)
It all started with Maurice and Richard McDonald who moved their father’s food stand from Monrovia to San Bernardino in 1940. They originally named it “McDonald’s Bar-B-Q”, a name that lasted over 8 years before being changed to the classic “McDonalds”. The original site is now owned by Juan Pollo Restaurants and is used as an unofficial McDonalds museum!
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Adapted from mentalfloss.com
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