Fast Food History
One of the great pioneers of the fast food industry was a man named Carl Karcher. He was a farm boy who grew up in Ohio, but at the age of 24, he moved to Anaheim, California, to work at his uncle’s factory. Like most Americans, he wanted “the American Dream” -- to work hard, be prosperous and have a great life. In 1939, Carl wanted to go into business for himself and purchased a hot dog cart and began his “curb service” of selling hot dogs on the street to customers as they drove up in their cars. Because this was during the time that automobiles were so popular, people did not want to have to get out of their cars to eat and Carl’s business flourished. Within five months after Carl bought the cart, he was able to buy a second one and continue the dream. Before long, he was opening a drive-in restaurant called “Carl’s Drive-In Barbeque”. |
History of the Fast Food Industry
Though pubs and coffee houses were popular in the western world by the 18th century, the idea of eating out for fun didn't take off in Western society until the late 18th century. Industrialization and automation turned out to be a boon for the fast food industry as the rise of automobiles in the world also marked the rise in dining out and drive in restaurants. The two World Wars and growth in American economy firmly entrenched the concept of fast food as an American way of life. Today, the United States boasts of the largest fast food industry in the world, and more than 100 countries around the world have American-owned fast food restaurants. Fast food preparation and food servicing provides employment to approximately 2 million U.S. workers in the USA. And since the US is considered to be the capital or pioneer of the fast food industry let us take a look at a brief time-line of the fast food industry in America.
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