When White Castle opened its first doors in Wichita, Kansas in 1921, it quietly began a dining revolution in America. It took a few decades for fast food to really get on a roll: McDonald’s, the first to translate assembly line practices found in car factories into kitchens, opened what would become the modern iteration of the famous hamburger joint in 1948. Soon after, other restaurants were taking note of McDonald’s success and pivoting their restaurants to mimic the standardization and processes. Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Taco Bell, Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, and Wendy’s came into their recognizable forms in the following
The American restaurant landscape is dominated by fast-food locations. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway and several pizza chains have tens of thousands of locations. However, a small number of restaurants were established in the mid-19 century, and among them is the oldest restaurant in America.
The chance a restaurant is open for more than a century is tiny. Tastes in food change. Recessions take away customers. Many restaurants close soon after opening. Most venerable establishments have gone through many changes over the decades. Locations have shifted, and sometimes they have even been destroyed