Wendys Near Me
Since 1969, Wendy’s has been serving up fresh never frozen hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and a bit of everything in between. With fearless leader Dave Thomas at the helm, the brand has proven to be a tour de force in quality and taste in the fast food industry!
Are you interested in finding a Wendy’s location in your area? Simply browse Wendy’s near me on the map below and find a list of Wendy’s locations in close proximity to you. Need a bit more information on Wendy’s? Read on for facts, history, and trivia on this fast food giant.
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Wendys Near Me – Wendys Trivia
Who is “Wendy” of Wendy’s?
Everyone who loves or knows of Wendy’s has wondered just where the brand got their name. The answer may just surprise you. Wendy’s is actually named after founder Dave Thomas’ daughter Melinda. As a child, Melinda had an issue with pronouncing Rs and Ls as many kids often do. Because of this, she often referred to herself as “Wendy” or “Wenda.” The name caught on with Dave who thought it would be the perfect name for his restaurant. From then on the brand also used her likeness (the famous pigtailed child) on the logo for every Wendy’s location. Consider this while searching Wendy’s near me!
True or false: Founder Dave Thomas never knew his biological family.
This fact is unfortunately true. There’s a reason why Wendy’s has also been so open about helping families and adoption drives. Thomas himself was adopted when he was just six weeks old. He never met his birth parents, though he did attempt to seek out his biological mother when he turned 21 only to find that she had already passed away. Thomas did meet his mother’s family, but stated that he didn’t feel a true connection to them. While Thomas had no desire to meet his biological father, his daughter was able to find some information on her grandfather in the 1980s. By this time he had passed away, and his son, a college professor wanted nothing to with his famous burger slinging half brother. Despite Thomas’ challenges, he credited his adopted parents with teaching him what it means to be good, do good, and give back. This is why every Wendy’s supports the Dave Thomas Foundation for adoption.
True or false: Dave Thomas dropped out of high school.
True! Think about this while searching Wendy’s near me. As a teen, Dave Thomas decided that he would much rather work full time than attend high school. He found it to be more fulfilling and a better use of his time. But when he got older and his story became more well known amongst fans, he worried that his success may send a message that kids didn’t need school in order to succeed in life. In order to set a good example, Thomas went back to high school and earned his GED at the age of 61. His graduating class even voted him “Most Likely To Succeed! ”
Wendys Near Me – Wendys Facts
The Signature Frosty
If you’re searching Wendy’s near me in the hopes of picking up one of their signature Frosty’s, you’re not alone. In fact, this item has been on the menu since day one in 1969. Wendy’s famous Frosty is one of the five original products that were offered at the very first Wendy’s in Columbus, Ohio. Back in 1969, it would’ve set you back just 35 cents. The other four menu items were: hamburgers, chili, French fries, and beverages. In order to reach the perfect consistency, all Frosty’s are served at a temperature between 19 and 21 degrees to maintain that perfect frosty thickness and texture. According to experts, Wendy’s serves up around 300 million Frosty’s annually. The 99 cent option is the most popular and the greatest bang for your buck!
Square Hamburgers Aren’t Original to Wendy’s
Wendy’s is synonymous with their famous square hamburgers. And while many Americans believe that Thomas and his burger chain are the purveyors of square patties, history says otherwise. Thomas reportedly got his inspiration from Kewpees, a hamburger joint that existed in his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. White Castle was also reportedly serving up angular burgers for a few decades before Wendy’s decided to make it one of their trademark items. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery as they say!
The Wendy’s Superbar
If you are searching Wendy’s near me and are familiar with the chain the 90’s, then you might remember the Wendy’s superbar. If not, bear with us. The Wendy’s superbar was a long buffet style bar that featured an enormous selection of salad fixings. Everything from several types of lettuce, veggies, meats, cheeses, and dressings to suit every salad craving. The bar also featured a “Mexican Fiesta” section and a “Pasta Pasta” section. The food bar was a hit with hungry patrons, especially kids. Many fast food fans loved the novelty of having a salad bar in their local fast food joint in addition to combo meals. Unfortunately, upkeep on the superbar proved to be too labor intensive and the salad bar was eventually phased out of all Wendy’s location. RIP superbar.