The History of Fast Food in America Essay

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Hamburgers are a reasonably recent creation, they were only became mainstream in the early twentieth century. In 1916 the first hamburger chain was created by J. Walter Anderson. At his Witchita, Kansas store he sold hamburgers for five cents wich also came with freis and colas. White castle was a thriving business, but it and other fast food chains did not become really popular until after World War II.
     In 1948 on a tennis court in San Berdino, California two brothers by the manes of Richard and Maurice chalked out the design for a new kind of fast food place from their point of view. Ideas that would help to decide exactly what went into their
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This was the birth of the “Golden Arches”. These arches were to go therought the roof and slope towards the front of the resterant. Another great idea that the McDonalds borthers had was to franchise the business. Franchising their business would allow other operators to open more of the chain across the nation, based upon the design in San Berdino. The people operating the new franchised McDonalds were to pay the brothers a certain percentage of their sales and a fee to use their concept. In 1953 newly- designed Mcdonalds opened in Phenix, Arizona and Downey California.
     With success comes others wanting to copy the successful one’s ideas, and this was definetel the case in this situation. A man by the name of Keith Cramer began a restaurant named Burger King in Flordia wich was based on the McDonald operation. Three years after selling the Mcdonald’s brothers the multimixers , Ray Kroc visited the operation and liked what he saw. In fact he was so impressed that he arranged with the McDonad’s to sell him franchise,a ndhe then opened his own McDonalds in Des Plaines, Illinios and he streamlined the operation even further. In the years 1957 there were an estimated 37 McDonalds open, and by 1959 the total had reached over 100. In 1961 Kroc was so impressed woth the success of the business that he bought out the brothers and expanded it further through out the nation. In turn Kroc’s success was viewed by others, and encouraged them

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