McDonald's has become arguably the best known fast food restaurant in the world. How much do you know about the history of the business though? You will learn a few interesting facts by listening to this dictation.
I bet you can't guess why McDonald's first opened a drive-through restaurant. It's a fascinating reason.
- denoting a restaurant or other facility in which one can be served without leaving one's car.E.g. a drive-through car wash
- a drive-through facility.
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In 1940, brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald opened up the first McDonald's restaurant which was actually a barbecue joint in San Bernardino, California. Today it's a museum. It wasn't until 8 years later that McDonalds starting selling the fries, burgers and shakes which we are familiar with today.
McDonald's first drive-through was opened in 1975. They were inspired to create the drive-through as the restaurant was near a military base and soldiers were not allowed to leave their cars in uniform.
Talking of drive-thoughs, the average McDonald's drive-through transaction took roughly three minutes, or 189.49 seconds, according to one study; the fast-food leader was Wendy's with a 133.63 second turnaround time.
In America, there are more McDonald's restaurants than there are hospitals! There are almost one and a half times the number of McDonald's restaurants than hospitals.
There are McDonald's restaurants all over the world, often with variations to the menu which reflect local tastes. For example, McAloo Tikki burger in India and a McRice burger (which is used instead of a bread bun) in Singapore.
What is your favorite fast food dish?
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