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Wendy’s is one of the most successful fast food chains in the United States. While it’s not as big as McDonald’s or Burger King, Wendy’s certainly have its fans. Here are 9 fun facts you didn’t know about Wendy’s.
1. Columbus, Ohio. Wendy’s was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas. It’s first location was in Columbus, Ohio, which closed after 38 years in 2007.
2. Kewpee Burger. Wendy’s was inspired by a burger joint in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Dave Thomas spent most of his childhood, called Kewpee Burger. Both Kewpee and Wendy’s have square-shaped burgers.
3. Value Menu. Wendy’s launched the first 99 cent value menu from any other fast food chain in 1989. Burger King followed suit in 1998, while McDonald’s came on the bandwagon in 2002.
4. The Classic Home Run. Wendy’s offers a one-pound burger on the secret menu called The Classic Home Run.
5. KFC. Founder Dave Thomas was a franchise owner of KFC restaurants in Ohio before he started Wendy’s. He actually encouraged Colonel Sanders to appear in TV commercials, as he also invented the iconic paper chicken bucket for KFC.
6. Drive-Thru Window. Wendy’s introduced the first modern-day drive thru in 1971.
7. Where’s the Beef? One year after Wendy’s launched the iconic “Where’s The Beef” ad campaign, the fast food company fired its spokeswoman Clara Peller for appearing in a Prego spaghetti sauce commercial where she exclaimed that she “finally found” the beef.
8. Ellen. Sadly, Wendy’s pulled all of its advertising from the sitcom Ellen when its star Ellen DeGeneres came out of the closet and pronounced that she’s a lesbian in 1997. As a result the LGBT community boycotted the fast food chain.
9. Wendy’s Girl. The current Wendy’s girl is an actress named Morgan Smith, who is actually blonde. Her hair was dyed red for the TV commercials.