- most popular fast food chain It looked completely different than it did a few decades ago.
- McDonald’s restaurants are very different now what were they like in the 1950s.
- Vintage photos show how other chains such as Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A, and In-N-Out have evolved.
Many of the popular fast food chains have been around for decades.
However, menus, restaurant designs, and employee uniforms have changed significantly over the years.
Vintage photos of fast food restaurants show what it was like when you went to McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and other chains decades ago.
The first franchise restaurant sold only hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, milk, root beer, orangeade, Coca-Cola, coffee, and three types of milkshakes: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.
The company was established by the 1970s and began its global expansion. By 1970, the chain had sold more than 6 billion of his hamburgers.
McDonald’s meals were served on plastic trays that customers could bring to their dining room table to enjoy.
Chains like In-N-Out Burger already had drive-thru windows, but McDonald’s franchisee in Sierra Vista, Ariz., will not allow exhausted military personnel to enter local stores. There was no drive-through window until 1975, when it circumvented Army regulations.
fast company reported that they circumvented the regulations by tearing down a wall in the restaurant’s kitchen and installing a drive-through window to serve customers.
The first McDonald’s PlayPlace was introduced in 1971 and forever changed the McDonald’s dining experience for families and children. Kids could play on the colorful climbing structures, jungle gym, and slides while parents relaxed and ate.
The introduction of PlayPlace solidified McDonald’s reputation as a destination for families on a budget, as many restaurants did in the 1970s during the height of financial instability, high inflation, and the Vietnam War. Ta.
The chain added two more specialty burgers to the menu in 1973 when the Quarter Pounder and Quarter Pounder with Cheese were added.
The first Happy Meal was introduced in 1979.
When the chain first opened, it offered 18-cent flame-grilled burgers, milkshakes, and fries. By the 1980s, the fast food chain had developed an established brand identity.
In the 1980s, Burger King locations offered both drive-thru and dine-in service, allowing customers to choose the method that was most convenient for them.
The original price was 37 cents, compared to 18 cents for Burger King’s original burger. The Whopper has sauce, cheese, lettuce, pickles, and tomatoes all piled on top of a large patty.
Burger King’s uniforms have changed significantly over the chain’s lifetime. In the 1980s, the brand began experimenting with plaid, striped, and baseball caps.
While many of the Burger King restaurant dining rooms have evolved since the 1980s, some are strikingly similar.
The photo above shows the Taco Bell restaurant in 1996.
Most Taco Bell restaurants have been modernized and no longer have their original logos or Southwestern-style architecture.
This is what the restaurant looked like in 1975.
White Castle is considered the first fast food hamburger chain. When the restaurant opened, the family-owned business sold stacks of 5-cent sliders.
In 1961, White Castle became the first fast food hamburger chain to sell more than 1 billion hamburgers. A year later, the chain introduced a new menu item: cheeseburger sliders.
The business, owned and operated by founder Tuyet Cathy, started by selling staples such as waffles, breakfast foods, sandwiches and burgers.
The first restaurant bearing the name Chick-fil-A opened in 1967 at the Greenbrier Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. The photo above is of the restaurant in the year it opened.
Kathy opened her first independent Chick-fil-A restaurant in 1986, more than 20 years after developing the chain’s original chicken sandwich. Freestanding stores are now the norm for Chick-fil-A, and mall locations are less common.
In-N-Out’s menu has remained largely unchanged since its inception. In 1961, In-N-Out added an “Animal Style” burger to its menu that included a beef patty cooked in mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, extra spread, and grilled onions.
In 1963, In-N-Out began serving its famous Double-Double burger, and in 1975, In-N-Out began serving milkshakes.
A few years later, In-N-Out opened its first store with a dining room in Ontario, California.