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April 2, 2021
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May 15, 1940

Two brothers open America’s first McDonald’s.

They didn’t start with hamburgers, or even french fries…and there was no “Ronald.”

“At first it was a struggle and we didn’t know where our next cent was coming from. But we believed in our enterprise.”

Maurice McDonald, who with his brother Richard opened the first McDonald's. The two brothers left their home state of New Hampshire after the Great Depression, and headed to California to make it in the movie business. When their Hollywood adventure failed, they started with a hot dog stand, & later opened a restaurant in San Bernadino.

Did You Know….

  • The first McDonald’s was actually “McDonald’s Bar-B-Q.”
  • 1948: A “revamped” McDonald’s opens, focusing on a limited menu with 15-cent burgers & fast service. Fries appear on the menu the following year.
  • 1954: Milkshake machine salesman Ray Kroc visits restaurant, becomes a franchise operator & buys the business in 1961.
“I was an overnight success alright, but 30 years is a long, long night.”

Ray Kroc developed the "McDonald's System" which later became the McDonald's Corporation. He focused on consistent, fast service across franchises, which also led to the development of Hamburger University where attendees received their degree in Bachelor of Hamburgerology. The program continues today.

The world's largest fast food restaurant (by sales) just released guidance to its franchise owners in light of COVID-19. Some suggestions? Touchless sinks, automatic towel dispensers, and potentially face shields, a long with lingering questions about the expense for owners & the experience for customers.

McDonald’s Sets Conditions for Restaurant Reopenings: READ HERE


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by Jenna Lee,