25 Fast-Food Franchise Origin Stories That Fit Into the Greasy Extended Universe

25 Fast-Food Franchise Origin Stories That Fit Into the Greasy Extended Universe

Before they were billion-dollar corporations, they were just fledgling burger, taco, fried chicken and sub shops. Something about them struck a chord with the masses, ‘cause damn boys, you spread like the grease fires that have no doubt ravaged a few of your kitchens. But before the cholesterol-raising controversies, there were these quaint, humble beginnings…

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Burger King 1953 CRACKED.COM Inspired by McDonald's, the founders bought the rights to the Insta-Broiler, a special grill, which inspired their resturaunt's name Insta-Burger King. It was franchised the following year.

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Dave Thomas regretted naming Wendy's after his daughter. Не said, I should've just named it after myself, because it put a lot of pressure on . NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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Arby's is a play on RB for Raffel Brothers, the founders. Arby's ROAST Beer Sandwich IS DELICIOUS. Arbyis Leroy and Forrest Raffel almost named it Big Tex. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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LITTLE CAESAR'S Little Caesar's PIZZA TREAT CHICKEN-FISHSHRIMP CARRY OUTS-DELIVERY MINUTE SERVICE Little Caesars 1959 GRACKED.COM The Little Caesar's mascot has remained almost entirely unchanged since the 50's, even keeping his tuft of exposed chest hair (Yum!). What is disturbing is the inclusion of FISH and SHRIMP anywhere near my pizza treat. No thank you.

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PIZZA HUT Pizza Pizza Hut Hut 1960's Pete TM GRACKED.COM The apron-wearing Pizza Pete was made back when character design for any restaurant mascot was just an Italian man in his 50's. Pete's design was characterized by his sleeveless checkered shirt, a bad comb over, a cowboy hat that never makes contact with his scalp, and both eyes on one side of his head like a flounder.

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The first McDonald's drive-thru opened next to a military base in Arizona. 5 McDonald's SERVICE SYSTEM HAMBURGERS McDonald's The have Sold OVER 1 MILLION Soldiers at the base couldn't show up in public in a work or duty uniform, so a drive-thru was set up to allow them to buy at McDonald's anyway. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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