The day McDonald’s was founded – level 2


The original McDonald’s restaurant was opened in California on May 15, 1940 by the McDonalds brothers.

The brothers developed a fast-food production system which became a model for the modern fast-food industry.

The original McDonald’s menu offered only nine things: hamburger, cheeseburger, potato chips, soft drink, milkshake, Coke, milk, coffee and orange drink.

In 1954, Ray Kroc visited their restaurant. Kroc was impressed by the system used in the McDonald’s restaurant. He spoke to the McDonald brothers. He wanted to franchise their concept and help expand the business.

The first franchised McDonald’s restaurant was opened in 1955 and sold 15-cent hamburgers, 10-cent chips, and 20-cent shakes.

By 1961, there were over 200 McDonald’s restaurants in the United States.

Difficult words: be impressed (to be surprised how good something is), franchise (to give permission to operate the same business).

What other changes have been made to the McDonald's menu since 1940?


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