A&W began in June 1919 at 13 Pine Street Lodi, California, when Frank Wright partnered with Roy Allen to help Wright with the root beer business he started that year. They branded their product A&W Root Beer after their surnames. In 1921, Allen began franchising the drink, arguably the first successful food-franchising operation. His profits came from a small franchise fee and sales.
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On November 29, 2007, IHOP (now DineEquity) announced that it had completed a $2.1 billion purchase of the Applebee’s chain.
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Arby’s was Started in Boardman, Ohio, in 1964 by Forrest and Leroy Raffel, owners of a restaurant equipment business who believed there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The brothers wanted to call their restaurants “Big Tex,” but that name was being used by an Akron business. Instead, they chose the name “Arby’s,” based on R. B., the initials of Raffel Brothers*.
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The restaurants sell the standard burgers and shakes, salads and fries, plus less common dishes like halibut and fries, and specialty soft drinks like fresh lime squeezes and fresh (non-alcoholic) lime rickeys.
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Atlanta Bread Company also offers a catering service that caters to businesses, medical buildings, and private residences. The catering menu is similar in scope to the in-store menu.
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The chain started as a market stand in the Downingtown, Pennsylvania Farmer’s Market. In the same year, Auntie Anne’s expanded to eight locations in the state of Pennsylvania, after the first bakery opened in Harrisburg. The first mall location was the Park City Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1989. By 1990, the bakery chain spread to nine other states with 50 locations. In 1992, the first Auntie Anne’s airport location opened at the Pittsburgh International Airport. The year 1995 brought its first train station store at Penn Station in New York City
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