Fascinating Facts About Famous Food Chains And Their Original Locations

While it’s not always good for you, it’s hard to pass up a meal at your favorite fast-food joint. Some of America’s most iconic restaurants are immensely popular for the convenience and prices they provide for their customers. But some of these restaurants took a little time to get established.

The men and women behind places such as McDonald’s, Dairy Queen, and Nathan’s Famous hotdogs worked hard to launch their businesses. While some of the original locations are still in tact, others have been replaced by parking lots and interstates. Read on to see how some of these hamburger and sandwich joints got started…

The Pizza Hut In Wichita, Kanas, Got Its Name Because ‘Hut’ Could Fit On The Sign

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Brothers Dan and Frank Carney opened the first Pizza Hut in their hometown, Wichita, Kansas, in 1958. They used the word “hut” in the name because it was a short word that could easily fit on their sign, and the building itself resembled a hut. The original building was relocated to the city’s state university in 1986 where both brothers are alumni.

Chicago architect George Lindstrom designed the iconic Pizza Hut buildings we know today back in 1963. PepsiCo bought the business in 1977.