Episode 76: First McDonald’s Restaurant

The Original McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
The Original McDonald’s Restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

On May 15, 1940, Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald’s restaurant.

Here are a few things you may not have known about the early days of McDonald’s.

One, the first location started out as a barbecue restaurant in San Bernardino, California. In 1948 the brothers pared their menu from 25 items to just six to increase efficiency.

Two: The first franchised location opened in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. The oldest location still standing is McDonald’s No. 3 in Downey, California.

Three: In 1954, the McDonald brothers made a deal with Ray Kroc to franchise the restaurant across the United States. The first location outside of California or Arizona was in a suburb of Chicago. Kroc bought the company outright in 1961.

Our question: Which came first, the Big Mac, the Filet-O-Fish or the Egg McMuffin?

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