Ever wonder where your favorite fast food chain first popped up? Look no further. 1. Waffle House (2719 East College Avenue, Decatur, Georgia) Atlanta Time Machine Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner opened the first\u00a0Waffle House\u00a0in 1955 and remain\u00a0involved\u00a0with the company to this day. The original location is now the\u00a0Waffle House Museum, where\u00a0you can make your own waffles in its unchanged interior. 2. Dunkin\u2019 Donuts (543 Southern Artery, Quincy, Massachusetts) Victorgrigas\/Wikimedia Commons Before America was running on Dunkin\u2019, it was a simple donut shop on Southern Artery\u2014yes, like the heart\u2014in Quincy, Massachusetts. The location opened in 1948 under the name Open Kettle, then a year later it became Kettle Donuts, then a year after that it finally became\u00a0Dunkin\u2019 Donuts. While the building has been remodeled over the years, it still maintains the\u00a0original aesthetic. 3. Starbucks (2000 Western Ave, Seattle, Washington) Postdlf\/Wikimedia Commons The original Starbucks store began selling coffee beans and equipment from its 2000 Western Ave location in 1971, but by 1976, their building was to be demolished and they had to find a new place. In 1977, they opened the \u201c1st and Pike\u201d cafe, located at the mouth of the historic Pike Place Market,\u00a0and the rest is highly-caffeinated history. 4. Chipotle Mexican Grill (1644 E Evans Ave, Denver, Colorado) Wikimedia Commons When founder\u00a0Steve Ells\u00a0opened the first\u00a0Chipotle Mexican Grill\u00a0just down the road from the University of Denver, he and his father figured that it would have to sell 107 burritos a day to be profitable. In a month\u2019s time, the store was selling over ten times that amount. You can still get a Chipotle burrito from its original location. 5. Nathan\u2019s Famous (1310 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, New York) Wikimedia Commons What began as a Coney Island hot dog stand in 1916 ... remains a Coney Island hot dog stand. Sure, in the years since Polish immigrant\u00a0Nathan Handwerker\u00a0used his life\u2019s savings of $300 to begin selling franks made with his wife Ida\u2019s recipe to hungry Brooklynites,\u00a0Nathan\u2019s Famoushas become a national chain with over 40,000 outlets. But for the Surf Avenue stand, little has changed in its physical appearance (which probably can't be said about most of those training for Nathan\u2019s Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual competition held at the original location). 6. Wendy\u2019s (257 E Broad St, Columbus, Ohio) Wikimedia Commons Though Wendy\u2019s closed its\u00a0original restaurant\u00a0in 2007, the spirit of the company\u2019s first restaurant still lives on\u2014in their\u00a0flagship store\u00a0in Dublin, Ohio, which boasts an entire \u201ccommunity room\u201d full of company history and memorabilia. Some historians, such as\u00a0Yelp user\u00a0Jeffrey H., still found the original location\u2019s shutdown to be tragic, calling the day it closed its doors \u201cone of America\u2019s darkest.\u201d 7. Hooters (2800 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, Clearwater, Florida) Wikimedia Commons In 1983,six businessmen\u00a0got together and changed the face (ahem) of chain restaurant history when they opened a \u201cdelightfully tacky, yet unrefined\u201d dining establishment by the name of\u00a0Hooters. Thanks to the \u201cHooters Six\u201d\u2014as they are referred to in the \u201cSaga\u201d section of the restaurant\u2019s website\u2014never again would someone have to suffer through ordering food and beverages from a person wearing actual pants. While it has been subject to\u00a0extensive remodeling\u00a0projects, the original Hooters is still home to their trademark hospitality, wings, and\u00a0weird uncle smell. 8. T.G.I. Friday\u2019s (1152 1st Ave, New York, New York) Looking for a place to meet people\u2014especially the eligible women he noticed in his Manhattan neighborhood\u2014Alan Stillman\u00a0took the initiative and\u00a0founded a bar and restaurant. Before it opened in 1965,\u00a0\u201csingles bars"\u00a0were a rarity. Friday\u2019s is even credited as being one of the first bars to use \u201cladies night\u201d as a promotion. The original\u00a0T.G.I. Friday\u2019s\u00a0closed in 1994 and is now\u00a0Baker Street Pub & Grill. 9. Pizza Hut (503 South Bluff St, Wichita, Kansas) The first\u00a0Pizza Hut\u00a0was opened in 1958 by brothers Dan and Frank Carney in their hometown of\u00a0Wichita, Kansas. The two knew they wanted to have \u201cPizza\u201d in their new establishment\u2019s name, but didn\u2019t decide on \u201cHut\u201d until they discovered the building\u2019s sign only had room for nine letters and that the structure itself looked like a hut. In 1986, the original hut was moved to the campus of Wichita State University\u2014the Carney brothers' alma mater\u2014where it is used by the International Business Student Association as a meeting place. 10. McDonald\u2019s (1398 North E Street, San Bernardino, California) Juan Pollo In 1940, Maurice and Richard McDonald moved their father\u2019s food stand \u201cThe Airdrome\u201d from Monrovia to\u00a0San Bernardino\u00a0and renamed it \u201cMcDonald\u2019s Bar-B-Q.\u201d It functioned as a carhop drive-in until 1948, when the brothers restructured the business to focus on burgers and fries and changed the name to\u00a0\u201cMcDonald\u2019s.\u201d\u00a0While the North E Street location is no longer a functioning Mickey Ds, the building\u2019s current owner, Juan Pollo Restaurants, utilizes the space as both their corporate headquarters and an unofficial\u00a0McDonald\u2019s Museum. The oldest operating McDonald\u2019s restaurant is in\u00a0Downey, California. 11. Blimpie (110 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey) Hoboken Sandwich In 1964, three former high school classmates opened up the first Blimpie sandwich shop in Hoboken, New Jersey. One of the founders, Tony Conza, came up with the name after searching the dictionary\u00a0for an alternative to sub and hoagie and coming across the word blimp, which he felt would sound enough like a sandwich with \u201cie\u201d at the end of it. The original Blimpie is\u00a0still functioning, so come on down\u2014and, for the love of all that is piled on top of a hero, don\u2019t mention Jared. 12. Taco Bell (7112 Firestone Blvd, Downey, California) Downey Daily 13. Burger King (7146 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida) Forgotten Advertisements Originally called\u00a0Insta-Burger, the first Burger King was founded by Keith J. Kramer and his wife\u2019s uncle-in-law Matthew Burns in\u00a0Jacksonville, Florida. With the help of their \u201cInsta-Broilers\u201d\u2014 ovens capable of cooking 400 burgers per hour\u2014the two went on to open multiple Insta-Burger restaurants and become a franchise. In 1959, Kramer and Burns sold the company to Insta-Burger franchisees James McLamore and David R. Edgerton, who changed the name to Burger King. A place called Stan\u2019s Sandwich now operates out of the original location. 14. White Castle (NW corner of First and Main St, Wichita, Kansas) Wichita Photos Where the first\u00a0White Castle\u00a0opened in 1921 now stands a multi-tiered parking garage. Today, the closest place to that original location to grab a case of sliders is all the way in St. Louis. Though seemingly content with depriving the people of Kansas, White Castle didn't forget where it came from: In 2011, the company celebrated its\u00a090th birthday\u00a0by making a special one-day-only return to Wichita to grill up burgers as a fundraiser for the Kansas Food Bank. 15. Sonic (215 N Main St \u2014 Stillwater, Oklahoma) sonicdrivein.com After discovering that his burger joint\u2019s name was already trademarked, Top Hat Drive-In owner Troy N. Smith Sr. renamed his Oklahoma chain\u00a0"Sonic Drive-In" in 1959.\u00a0Though it was not the original Top Hat location, the first Sonic sign arrived at the Stillwater restaurant and that\u2019s where it remains today. The service might not actually be \u201cwith the speed of sound,\u201d as the sign states, but you can drown that disappointment in half-price drinks and slushes from 2 to 4 PM each day. 16. Kentucky Fried Chicken (3890 S. State Street \u2014 Salt Lake City, Utah) Wikimedia Commons Colonel Harland Sanders began selling fried chicken made with his secret recipe from a roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression. It wasn\u2019t until 1952, however, that Sanders opened the first Kentucky Fried Chicken in Utah. The Salt Lake City location is still a KFC and boasts a display showcasing one of the Colonel\u2019s trademark white suits and a statue of him and Dave Thomas, an early franchise owner who came up with the \u201crotating bucket\u201d sign (and founded his own fast food chain, Wendy\u2019s). 17. Panda Express (3214 Glendale Galleria \u2014 Glendale, California) Wikimedia Commons In 1973, Chinese immigrants\u00a0Andrew Cherng and his father Ming Tsai Cherng\u00a0opened the Panda Inn restaurant in Pasadena, California. After ten years of providing the Los Angeles area with upscale sit-down meals, management for the Glendale Galleria asked the Cherngs to consider creating a fast-food version of their restaurant. They agreed, and now no trip to the mall is complete without a delicious free sample of unidentifiable goodness. 18. Subway (North End \u2014 Bridgeport, Connecticut) Subway.com Looking for a way to pay for college, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca borrowed $1000 from Dr. Peter Buck and\u00a0opened Pete\u2019s Super Submarines in Bridgeport, Connecticut.\u00a0By 1968, just three years after the restaurant\u2019s inception, the two added four shops and shortened the name to Subway. DeLuca never became the doctor he set out to be, but he did receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Bridgeport in 2002. The original Subway is no longer there, but those looking to \u201cEat Fresh\u201d have over 40,000 other locations to choose from. 19. Little Caesars (32594 Cherry Hill Rd \u2014 Garden City, Michigan) Yelp In 1959, brothers Mike and Marshall Ilitch opened the first Little Caesars in a Garden City, Michigan strip mall. Mike wanted to call it "Pizza Cheap," but Marshall (and good sense) won out with Little Caesar\u2019s Pizza Treat. While the name was shortened, the demand for their \u201cPizza! Pizza!\u201d has stayed strong. In 2008, Little Caesars filled an order from the VF Corporation for 13,386 pizzas. You can still pick up a \u201cHot-n-Ready\u201d \u2018za from the original location,\u00a0but as one Yelp-user remarked, \u201cIt should be \u2018hot and ready in 8 minutes.\u2019" Et tu, Dave K? 20. Tim Hortons (65 Ottawa Street N. \u2014 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) Google Maps The first Tim Hortons was founded under the name Tim Horton Donuts in 1964. The owner, a professional hockey player, was a member of the NHL\u2019s Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite being an active athlete, Horton was able to juggle both careers thanks to his business partner Ron Joyce, a former Hamilton police constable. Tim Horton Donuts was eventually shortened to "Tim Horton's," which was eventually further truncated to "Tim Hortons" to maintain uniformity in the name of all their locations while also complying with the language laws of Quebec. The original location still operates as a Tim Hortons, but Ottawa Street N is now honorarily named "Tim Hortons Way." Also: Tim Horton\u00a0originally sold hamburgers. 21. Dairy Queen (501 N. Chicago Street \u2014 Joliet, Illinois) Noble Stores Two years after they invented the revolutionary formula for soft-serve ice cream in 1938, father and son duo John Fremont \u201cGrandpa\u201d and Bradley McCullough opened the very first Dairy Queen along with a former customer, Sheb Noble. The three knew they were onto something when the ice cream store sold over 1600 servings of the McCullough\u2019s new treat in just two hours. 22. Jack In The Box (6270 El Cajon Boulevard \u2014 San Diego, California) Jack in the Box Robert O. Peterson opened the first Jack in the Box in 1951 when he\u00a0converted his existing drive-in restaurant into a drive-thru. With its two-way intercom and pickup window, Jack in the Box made fast food even faster. Where the first Jack in the Box once stood is now Platt College San Diego. The private for-profit college does not have a mascot or an athletic program to go with it, but perhaps they can adopt the terrifying clown that once sat atop the location. 23. Carrabba\u2019s Italian Grill (3115 Kirby Drive \u2014 Houston, Texas) Google Maps Johnny Carrabba and his uncle Damian Mandola\u00a0opened the first Carrabba\u2019s Italian Grill\u00a0in 1986. As they claim on their website, they\u2019re not real chefs, but rather \u201creal eaters,\u201d and their restaurant was such a success that another location opened in Houston soon after. By 1993, Carrabba and Mandola were in a joint venture with Outback Steakhouse, Inc. (now Bloomin\u2019 Brands) and two years after that, Outback Steakhouse, Inc. purchased the rights to develop the chain nationwide. The first (and second) Carrabba\u2019s are still owned and operated by the Carrabba family. 24. Chick-fil-A (2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW \u2014 Atlanta, Georgia) Yelp The first Chick-fil-A\u00a0opened in Atlanta\u2019s Greenbriar Mall in 1967, six years after S. Truett Cathy, the chain\u2019s Chairman and CEO, invented the chicken sandwich while working at\u00a0Dwarf House,\u00a0his Hapeville, Georgia restaurant. At first, Cathy referred to his burger alternative as a \u201cchicken steak\u201d sandwich but ended up replacing \u201csteak\u201d with \u201cfillet,\u201d a word he found more appealing. Both the original Chick-fil-A and Dwarf House restaurants are still open for business\u2014unless, of course, it\u2019s a Sunday. 25. Fuddruckers (8602 Botts Lane \u2014 San Antonio, Texas) Google Maps Philip J. Romano\u2014the father of Romano\u2019s Macaroni Grill\u2014founded Fuddruckers in 1979\u00a0because he believed, \u201cthe world needed a better hamburger.\u201d The restaurant began as Freddie Fuddruckers, and it opened in a former bank. 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