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.
A fire destroyed several buildings, but left a Carl’s Jr. unscathed. The Carl’s Jr. employees began making 165 burgers for the firemen, but the heat from the grilling meat caught the restaurant on fire.
Burger King launched a $40 million ad campaign in November 1985 called “Where’s Herb?” The idea was to find a character named Herb who’d never been to BK. Other chains pointed out that if Herb wasn’t at BK, it meant he probably liked other chains’ burgers more. Burger King profits fell 40% in 1986.