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The history of Wendy’s began with the dream of one man: Dave Thomas. Born in 1932 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he was adopted at birth by Rex and Auleva Thomas. When Dave was 5 years old his adoptive mother died, and he spent a great deal of time with his grandmother while his father traveled around the country looking for work. At the age of 12 Dave found work at The Regas, a restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. He lost the job, but this experience would have a lasting impact on him and his dream of starting up his own restaurant.

History of Wendy’s – The Beginning
History of Wendy’sAfter Dave lost his job at The Regis he got another job at Walgreens as a soda jerk, but that didn’t last either after his boss found out he was not yet 16 years old. These setbacks didn’t deter Dave however, and when he was 15 he and his father ended up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Dave landed a job at the Hobby House Restaurant. His family would relocate but Dave stayed behind to continue working at the Hobby House Restaurant, dropping out of high school in the process.

At the age of 18 he joined the Army and when he came back resumed working in the Hobby House Restaurant. In 1956 Dave, together with his boss Phil Clauss, inaugurated The Ranch House Restaurant and it was at this point that he first met Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and the three entered into an agreement and Dave ended up owning four KFC restaurants. During this time, the KFC branches were struggling, and Sanders, impressed with Dave’s work at the Hobby House restaurant, offered him a business partnership deal if he could turn them around. Not only did Dave manage to make a profit with the restaurants, but he made enough money to open more restaurants.

In 1968, at the age of 35, Dave sold his KFC restaurants back to Kentucky Fried Chicken and the following year, finally realized his long cherished dream of opening his very own restaurant. In 1969, Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburger Restaurant was opened in Columbus, Ohio.(

Today’s Restaurant

Wendy’s – San Jose, Ca 95116

Average Cost

Under $10

Rating (1-10)


Recommended Dishes: 

Son of the Baconator, Baconator, Any of their burgers, Chili

If you love fast food then I’m sure you have your favorites..

Taco Bell for those crunchy delicious tacos, McDonald’s for those ridiculous scientific created fries or Popeye’s for that delicious creole style chicken.

The main issue with fast food is the eerie feeling in your stomach you feel after. It is usually so good while you are gorging it down your throat but an an hour or so later you feel like gagging.

I usually feel like this with most fast food places but there is one place that I go for a fast food burger that makes me feel like I grilled the burger myself and tastes even better than most gourmet restaurants.

That’s Wendy’s Old Fashioned Burgers! Let’s talk about it..

I have tried all kinds of fast food burgers in my time from Jack in the Box, McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr. and Wendy’s.

Each of these gives me a memory for my favorite meal from a small child, to a teenager and unto adulthood.

These memories I have passed down to my children by taking them to the same fast food places that I grew up with. Seems like they got addicted at a young age do to all of the commercials on TV.

The marketing is so good at McDonald’s I think my son’s first couple of words was ‘Happy Meal’. No exaggeration at all!

I’d have to say that a Happy Meal is what my kids favorite fast food meal was while being toddlers but once they reached about 10-11 years old a new favorite was introduced and that was Wendy’s.

At first I was shocked that Wendy’s became our favorite fast food burger in our home in the millennium because when I was young it wasn’t my favorite.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and the chili was one of their trademarks when I was in high school back in the mid 90’s but not enough for me to crave more and more.

But something definitely changed since those years and my taste buds and stomach identified that immediately when I took my son to Wendy’s for the first time a couple years back.

I was getting my oil changed at Speedee and there was a Wendy’s right next door and we were starving. I glanced at the menu and I ordered a Dave’s Hot and Juicy 1/4 pound single(might have been called something else then) and my son got a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger.

First let me just say that the burger looked impressive when I pulled it out of the wrapper. Perfectly accessorized and mouth watering to the eye. Just as if it were the same burger on the TV commercials.

I dove right in and the burger was extremely hearty and juicy!  The accessories were fresh and delightful as well. The accessories comprised of purple onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and a sweet delectable bun.

Bite after bite..

I moaned and groaned and looked at my son as he did the same..

Swallow after swallow..

We were enjoying this moment as a new history making experience in our lives..Man this is good! True live action eating!

That was then and this is now..

The burgers are still ridiculously good and hands down better than any fast food burger that I have had.

Today I ordered the Son of the Baconator, and boy let me tell you that this is a heavenly melody to the palate!

“Trev, why not the Baconator.You going soft on us?!”

“No no no my dear dramatic friend..Overdoing calories before my wedding is not in my current plans.. But after the wedding, that’s a whole nother ball game!”

Back to Baconator Jr…

The bacon was sweet and succulent and can be eaten on its own; while the beef patties were cooked perfectly and still juicy, flavorful and soaked with goodness. Combined with the bacon this burger really packs a punch in bacon lovers bliss!

If you haven’t been to Wendy’s in a while I suggest you go back and try one of their burgers. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run. Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


Editorial Staff (August 12, 2013) History of Wendy’s – How It All Began Retrieved from


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