The Hula Burger was a meatless burger introduced in the 1960’s by Ray Kroc to McDonald’s. It was a substitute for American Catholics that would not eat meat on Fridays. The burger was a slice of grilled pineapple with cheese on a bun. But this was designed to go up against the Filet-O-Fish, which was created by a Catholic McDonald’s Franchisee Lou Groen. McDonald’s ended production of the Hula Burger early on, as it became quickly evident that its alternative, the Filet-O-Fish, was getting much better traction.
It took Taco Bell food engineers two years and 40 different recipes to create the Doritos Loco taco. It became so popular that it led to Taco Bell adding 15,000 jobs, propelling the company to outgrow Pizza Hut, KFC and even McDonald’s.
Subway’s parent company is called Doctor’s Associates Inc. because co-founders Peter Buck has a Ph.D. in nuclear physics and Fred DeLuca, who was 17, hoped to become a medical doctor.
In 2004 McDonald’s introduced “adult Happy Meal”, which was positioned as a healthy choice, and included a salad, a fitness DVD, and a pedometer. The sales flopped and it was killed off after a few weeks.
Taco Bell has failed twice to expand their operations to Mexico. In 1992, Mexican customers found their tacos too expensive, and in 2010 their expansion restaurant closed because customers were unfamiliar with the menu items.
White Castle was the country’s first fast food chain when it opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. Today Wichita doesn’t have any. There hasn’t been one there since 1938.
There are at least 3 companies operating under some form of the name WHATABURGER or What-A-Burger. There is the Texas based company, Virginia based, and a third based in the Carolinas. They sued each other in the early 2000’s and a result of the lawsuits was that all 3 could keep using the name.
Director/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) worked at Burger King to collect funny stories during a writer’s strike. He was given 1 of 12 known special Burger King Crown Cards that give people like Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Hudson. and Jay Leno unlimited free food for life.
In the 1930s Bob Wian had a cushy job managing a restaurant but felt he didn’t know the business fully. So he quit, got jobs as a dishwasher, fry cook, and then counter help. With that experience he started Bob’s Big Boy, invented the double decker burger, and became hugely successful.
In 2012, pranksters posted flyers falsely claiming a Taco Bell would be opening in their small Alaskan city of 6,000. When Taco Bell discovered this, they shipped in the ingredients for 10,000 tacos.