November 28, 2022

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White Castle’s ‘fry bot’ offers a glimpse of fast food’s future




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You got a hamburger, cheeseburger, fries, and a drink … a lineup that hasn’t changed that much. But coffee, sugar rolls, and cookies made up a far larger portion of the menu, as did the cost of songs on the jukebox.




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Founded as Insta-Burger King in 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida, and built around flame-broiling devices — known as Insta-Broilers — it became simply Burger King when two Miami franchisees took over the company in 1959.




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Insta-Burger King had a fairly short menu: Burgers, shakes, soft drinks and french fries — notably devoid of the Whopper, which was invented in 1957.




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There was no Italian BMT and no meatball sub. Subway started with two salami subs, one ham sub, one cheese sub and a “mixed sub.” No sandwich on the menu cost more than 70 cents.




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Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas worked in restaurants and with Kentucky Fried Chicken magnate Harland Sanders until he was able to open his first shop in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969. He pressed the square patties by hand, introduced chili as a menu item, and introduced the pickup window in 1971.




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Burgers (in single, double, or triple), fries, chili, and the Frosty. Beyond beverages, Wendy’s didn’t need much more than that.




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Kentucky Fried Chicken didn’t start in Kentucky. Sure, Harland Sanders had a restaurant there, but if he hadn’t met Leon “Pete” Harman in Salt Lake City and convinced him to serve his fried chicken and its 11 herbs and spices, there would be no KFC. That’s right, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken — and its museum — is in Salt Lake City.




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Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken was the pride of the earliest menus, but there were livers and gizzards, too. Potatoes, slaw, macaroni salad and gravy served as sides, but rolls predated biscuits. Also, there was a whole lot of shrimp.




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Wilber Hardee first opened shop in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1960. Though there would be 200 Hardee’s by the end of the 1960s, and people would come to love it for its biscuits, don’t credit the founder, who lost his controlling shares in a game of poker. His partners were responsible for much of the expansion.




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No Thickburgers — but hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, and shakes were early favorites. You could also stop in for a cup of coffee and an apple turnover.




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An eight-burger menu revolves around the Thickburger, while chicken tenders, hot ham and cheese, chicken sandwiches, chili dogs, giant meal boxes, and “Red Burrito” options (tacos, burritos, etc.) round out the offerings.




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Carl Karcher opened his first hot dog cart in Los Angeles in 1941, before expanding to four carts and then, later, a drive-in barbecue joint. Carl’s Jr. followed in nearby Anaheim and Brea in 1956. The chain would dabble in salad bars, table service, Mexican food, and salacious commercials before finding an identity.




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The Six Dollar Burger debuted in 2001 and set Carl’s Jr. off on a path of rapid expansion and scantily clad models. Parent company CKE has split it off from its more demure counterpart, Hardee’s, while plans for Northeast expansion hit a tough start with the quick closing of its Manhattan location. Carl’s Jr. has ordered up revamps of its logo and dramatic renovations to its locations.




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Burgers were always central, but hot dogs, chili dogs, pastrami sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, and tuna sandwiches created a diverse menu. Carl’s also had tacos, fish and chips, and shrimp, predating the combination Taco Bell/Long John Silver’s by decades.




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In 1948, Bill Rosenberg opened his Open Kettle in Quincy, Massachusetts, serving premium coffee and doughnuts. When business was slow, he asked a few executives if maybe he should rename the place. He turned to Dunkin’ Donuts since, at the time, you dunked very dry doughnuts into coffee. Within a decade, there were 100 locations.




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The original Dunkin’ Donut with the handle, as well as filled and frosted doughnuts, were as little as 69 cents a dozen, with tarts and premium pastry (twists, Bismarcks, strudels, and coffee rolls) going for 13 cents apiece. A cup of coffee was 10 cents if you were staying and 20 cents if you were taking it away. You could also get a stack of pancakes (55 cents).




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The star of the show when the Dwarf Grill opened was a plate of tenderloin steak with shoestring potatoes. The chain may want to save cows now, but in the beginning, it served lots of burgers, hamburger steaks, breakfast items, and bacon and fried-ham sandwiches.




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Wichita State University students Dan and Frank Carney started their first Pizza Hut in Wichita in 1958, and a first franchise location opened in 1960. The actual “hut,” the red-roof structures that often had pitchers of beer, a stocked salad bar, a jukebox and arcade games, didn’t show up until 1969.




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There was no stuffed crust or promotional items. Your choices were green pepper, onion, anchovy, sausage, mushroom, hamburger, pepperoni or “Pizza Supreme” in small or large. You got your choice of “pop,” milk, or coffee as beverages, and Pizza Hut’s original incarnation also served beer.




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Nope, no bread bowls. St. Louis Bread had 19 locations in the St. Louis metro area before Au Bon Pain acquired it. The fast-casual chain’s menu was simple, mostly salads and sandwiches made with freshly baked artisan bread.




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Though John Fremont “J.F.” “Grandpa” McCullough and his son Alex first convinced Sherb Noble to offer their soft serve in his ice cream store in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, the trio didn’t open the first Dairy Queen location until 1940 in Joliet. The site of the first operation remains, but much has changed since.




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No Blizzards, no Dilly Bars … just sundaes, cones and “cuplets,” and the occasional float. Dairy Queen kept it simple, but that would change quickly.




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San Diego businessman Robert O. Peterson opened the first Jack in the Box location in 1951, complete with intercom system, a drive-thru window, 18-cent burgers — and a rooftop clown. It spread through California, Arizona, and Texas in its early years.




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Alvin Copeland didn’t name his New Orleans-area restaurant after a cartoon character in 1972, but after “The French Connection” protagonist Popeye Doyle. Though its famous biscuits wouldn’t be on the menu until 1983, Popeyes was already on its way to becoming a national chicken institution.




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Intellectual property rights weren’t all they could’ve been at the time, so Popeye’s — despite not being named for the cartoon character — featured that character and his friends all over the chicken menu. Louisiana fried chicken was still front and center, but clam dinners, chicken tacos and corn dogs also dotted the menu, along with livers and gizzards.




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Jerry and Janie Murrell told their kids they could start a business or go to college, and in 1986 the family opened the first Five Guys carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Virginia. The Murrells and their four sons (later five) kept ingredients simple and made it appealing far beyond its D.C. fanbase.




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Since opening up for franchising in 2002, Five Guys now has more than 1,500 locations in more than a dozen countries. The menu has stayed simple, sparing the chain from many of the obstacles that have led competitors to blow out menus and throw all sorts of tech toys at customers.




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The menu you see today is basically the menu Five Guys started with, boiling down to burgers, hot dogs, fries, and drinks.




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Troy N. Smith Sr. tried two eatery concepts before he and a partner bought five acres with a log house and a walk-up root beer stand in 1953. The stand was so successful selling root beer, hamburgers, and hot dogs that he bought out his partner. He installed an intercom system to process orders “at the speed of sound” and sales tripled. By 1956, he and new partners had franchised the idea.




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In 1959, there was totally a Whopper on Sonic’s menu, though it was a fish sandwich. Coney dogs, Frito pie, burgers, grilled cheese, barbecue beef, fries, tater tots, onion rings, shakes, Frosties (just more intellectual property disputes), slushes, and fried pie rounded out a menu that is nearly as diverse as the current version.




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