Amazing Facts About Wendy

Dave Thomas worked for KFC and the real Colonel Sanders.

The Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar has long been a favorite New Orleans bar. Antonio Monteleone, a Sicilian aristocrat, bought the hotel. 

The first Wendy's opened in 1969 in Columbus

On November 15, 1969, Wendy's opened at 257 East Broad Street. By then, there were two significant participants in the fast-food burger industry. 

Wendy's is named after Dave's daughter

When her father created Wendy's, Melinda "Wendy" Thomas was just 8 years old. Inspired by Sanders' success as KFC's face, Thomas intended to establish same image.

Wendy's used to offer its own salad bars.

Salad bars were popular in restaurants in November 1979 and remained so throughout the 1980s. Salad bars phased out in favor of more portable salad.

Wendy's serves 300 million Frosty.

The Wendy's chocolate Frosty is  classic menu item. Until 2006, Frostys  available in chocolate when started in 1969. Restaurant serves 300 million Frostys annually.

  Wendy's revolutionized fast-food market.

While some companies claim to have invented the drive-thru, Wendy's asserts its own pick-up window in November 1970 revolutionized the business. 

A national TV commercial for Wendy's

Wendy's was the first fast-food franchise with under 1,000 locations to air a national commercial in 1977. Wendy's today has over 6,500 locations.

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