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1955 ~ the first McDonald's Restaurant was opened by Roy Kroc in Des Plaines, IL.

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The site of the first McDonalds, opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald, on Route 66 in San Bernardino I Photo: Ed Fuentes

Ray Kroc suggested that Richard and Maurice McDonald franchise their small business and opened the first McDonald's restaurant in 1955, creating a new fast food experience.Going out and getting a few hamburgers was a treat and a way of bonding for the families of the 1950's.

Brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald founded the most popular fast food restaurant of our day back in 1940.

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McDonalds - The business began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California. Their introduction of the "Speedee Service System" in 1948 established the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant.

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McDonalds original store The McDonald's restaurant concept was introduced in San Bernardino, California by Richard and Maurice McDonald of Manchester, New Hampshire. It was modified and expanded by their business partner, Ray Kroc, of Oak Park, Illinois, who later bought out the business interests of the McDonald brothers and formed McDonald's Corporation.

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McDonalds-- Brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald founded the most popular fast food restaurant of our day back in 1940. The original mascot was named Speedee, and he was a chef with a hamburger for a head.

Richard James "Dick" McDonald (February 16, 1909 – July 14, 1998) and his brother, Maurice James "Mac" McDonald (November 26, 1902 – December 11, 1971) were early American fast food pioneers, who established the first McDonald's restaurant at 1938 North E Street and West 14th Street in San Bernardino, California. They introduced the "Speedee Service System" in 1948, and notice the price on the sign... 15 cents...

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The oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant is a drive-up hamburger stand at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. in Downey, California. It was the 3rd McDonald’s restaurant, and opened in 1953. It was the second restaurant franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald, prior to the involvement of Ray Kroc in the company, and it still has the two original 30-ft “Golden Arches” & a 60-ft animated neon “Speedee” sign that was added in 1959.

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The McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets. Headquartered in the United States, the company began in 1940 as a barbecue restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald; in 1948 they reorganized their business as a hamburger stand using production line principles. Businessman Ray Kroc joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955.