The History of McDonald's
By Keith Donnelly - January 3, 2022

Today, Mcdonald’s is the world’s largest fast-food chain and serves more than 47 million customers each day. It has become a symbol of globalization and developed into one of the most successful businesses in the entire food industry. But what makes it so popular? We can’t even begin to imagine our lives without our beloved Mcdonald’s, but how often do we think about where it comes from? Well sit back and grab a burger because here is the history of this delicious establishment. The McDonalds’ hamburger was not like the modern version: it did not have cheese or any other topping except for the condiments of mustard, onions, and a pickle. The restaurant eventually added the production-line method to making shakes that are now used by the majority of restaurants.

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The first McDonald’s restaurant was opened by brothers Richard and Maurice (Mac) McDonald on May 15, 1937, at 14th and E streets in San Bernardino, California. It offered a simple menu of only nine items: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, a daily value meal, drinks of milk or coffee, potatoes for French fries and beverages, and desserts. In 1940, the brothers made a savvy move when they convinced family friend Ray Kroc to start franchising their design. In 1954, he established McDonald’s Corporation in Illinois as a wholly-owned subsidiary of his company, Kroc Enterprises. In 1960, Kroc bought the exclusive rights to the McDonald’s name from the McDonald brothers. The company experienced phenomenal growth in the 1960s, opening its 100th restaurant in 1968 and its 1,000th restaurant in 1974.

It was also during this time that the McDonald brothers retired from McDonald’s. It was Kroc who established the system of food production, which allowed McDonald’s to grow as a global corporation. The McDonald brothers were content to stay in their original restaurant and run their business as they always had, giving full control to Kroc. One of the things that made McDonald’s success was the fast-food preparation. The McDonald brothers had designed a system where one person put all of the ingredients together while another cooked the hamburger. At first, this was done by hand but later was adapted to use automatic mixers. The cooking area is still designed with removable pushcarts which are arranged in an assembly line production (this is how it got its name “fast food”). Still today, it remains a favorite chain among people all over the world.