RFF#67 – “White Castle” was the first fast-food chain in North America

Founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas, White Castle changed the public’s previous view of burgers which were only sold at fairs, lunch counters and carts, and were perceived as being a low-quality food made from slaughterhouse scraps and spoiled meat. They designed their establishment so that customers could see the food being prepared. Even their name is meant to evoke a notion of cleanliness. I guess McDonald’s, which didn’t open until 1948, can thank White Castle for paving the way for their eventual hamburger success.

I learned about this fact from: http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/fast-food.htm


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