Chick-fil-A was founded in 1946 and was originally named Dwarf Grill. It was then when S. Truett Cathy, the chain’s founder, brought a chicken sandwich served on a bun with two pickles to perfection. This chain is so successful and not only for its fried birds.
The restaurant’s lemonade is apparently the best one can get, and in 2013, Chick-fil-A bought more than 200 million lemons to create their best-selling beverage. What can we say? When life gives you lemons, give them to Chick-fil-A.
It All Started With 1000 Dollars
What were you up to when you were 17 years old? Basketball? Skateboarding? Thinking about university? Saving money to travel the world? Fred DeLuca was thinking big. Very big.
When Fred DeLuca was 17 years old, he borrowed $1000 from his family and opened his first sandwich shop. That one shop became one of the most successful sandwich chains we know today. It has over 38 thousand locations worldwide and had an annual revenue of over 16 billion dollars. Ladies and Gentlemen, Subway.
This next fact is one of the weirdest we have found about Popeyes Chicken. In 1992, the chain had to rebuy its chicken recipes from the Copeland family following the relinquished control. Over the years, Popeyes paid the Copelands more than $3 million in royalties so they could use the recipes.
After the passing of one of the founders, the chain was obliged to fully purchase the recipe. This cost them more than $40 million.
Combine Your Way
Who doesn't know Subway's Italian B.M.T or their mouthwatering Meatball Marinara? These Subway classics have been starring on the menu for years and don't seem to be going anywhere. Saying this, how many sandwich combinations do you think Subway has?
There are almost 38 million combinations that can be created at Subway. So, next time you're in line for a sandwich and can't decide what to choose, take whatever pops first to your eyes. It will take you a lifetime to go through all combinations.
A Finger From the Bar
This next story is real and could serve as a great warning story to tell your children. In 2004, Anna Ayala thought it would be funny to pull a prank on Wendy's. This prank would place her behind bars. And for what? For a fingertip?
Ayala claimed she found a fingertip in the dish she ordered, however, it turned out that she herself was the one who planted it there. She got caught, but it costs the chain over $21 million thanks to the hearsay that spread. Eventually, she found herself behind bars and banned for life from any of Wendy's restaurants.