On-line slide show displays “the first” of famous chains
Anyone who knows me is aware that I don’t eat fast food — not even Micky D’s famous fries — though I do occasionally patronize chain locations’ restrooms on a road trip. Still, I enjoyed “McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell — Where Were They Born?,” subtitled “A guide to the original locations of iconic American fast-food chains” on the The Daily Meal, a self-described “all things food and drink” site. It was a trip down memory lane to see what chains’ locations — no so corporate and so “designed” — looked like when they were a manifestation of what the founders managed to create.
I learned that Subway and I have something in common. We were both born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Daily Meal writes of Subway, “The idea for Subway was inspired by founder Fred DeLuca’s decision to open a sandwich shop to help pay for his medical school education. The idea to open the shop came from Dr. Peter Buck, who lent DeLuca $1,000 to open the original location of the sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1965 and became his business partner. The first shop was called Pete’s Super Submarines, and it was not until 1968 that the chain took on the name Subway.”
It has grown to well over 36,000 franchised restaurants in 100 countries, so I don’t suppose Dr. Buck, a nuclear physicist, minds the fact that his name is no longer on the storefronts. I wonder , however, whether the scientific connection might have something to do with Subway’s commitment –before, above and beyond the rest of the fast food industry — to healthier offerings.