Oldest Fast-Food Chains in America
1965: Subway and Domino's
Due to inexpensive franchising and operating costs, Subway is omnipresent. Pete's Subway was created in 1965, but its success remained uncertain.
In 1964, the Raffel Brothers launched the first Arby's in Ohio. Arby's is a pun on the first two letters of "Raffel Brothers," not an acronym of roast beef.
1962: Taco Bell
Glen William Bell, Taco Bell's founder, has European heritage. Bell liked Mexican food, opening Taco Tia in the 1950s.
1959 – Little Caesars
Pizza! The first restaurant debuted in Garden City, Michigan, in 1959.
1958: Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut was founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958. The founders, brothers Dan and Frank Carney, could only fit eight letters on the restaurant's sign.
1953: Sonic and Burger King
Fast-food businesses were born in 1953. In 1988, Shawnee, Oklahoma opened the first Sonic Drive-In.
1951: Jack in the Box
Robert Peterson was a successful restaurateur when he founded the first Jack in the Box in 1951. It became one of America's largest fast-food chains.
Harmon Dobson wanted to design a burger so enormous that customers would remark, "What a burger!" In Corpus Christie, Texas, the first Whataburger opened.
1948: Dunkin' Donuts and In-N-Out
1948 was another tremendous year for fast food. Two successful chains started on opposing coastlines. In Baldwin Park, California, In-N-Out Burger debuted that year.
Chick-fil-A is one of America's most loved and reviled fast-food chains. Some can't obtain enough food, while others won't try it due to politics.
1940: McDonald's and Dairy Queen
McDonald's has more than 39,000 outlets worldwide, yet it's not the oldest fast-food chain. Richard and Maurice McDonald launched it in 1940.
KFC has been a global hit for more than 90 years.
1921: White Castle
This fast-food company was formed in 1921. White Castle is the original American burger place, if not the first fast-food business.
Specific individuals may not realise A&W is a restaurant franchise due to its lack of presence in some places. A&W root beer is widely available canned or bottled.
1916: Nathan's Famous
Coney Island's hot dogs are famous. This store helped. Or 'dog'? Nathan Handwerker began Nathan's Famous as a hot dog cart in 1916.
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