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Have you ever wondered how some Fast Food spots got their names?
From Arby’s to Wendy’s, we love our fast food. Ever wonder how these restaurants got their names? Dictionary.com explains what’s in a name — specifically, how 10 of our favorites got their name.
The chain was founded by the Raffel Brothers. The name comes from the enunciation of the initials of two words…RB.
Three New Jersey high school friends founded the subway sandwich chain in 1964. They decided against using the words “hoagie” or “subway,” and settled on Blimpie when one of them saw the word “blimp” in the dictionary and thought it sounded like a sandwich.
3. Burger King
It was founded in Jacksonville, Florida in 1953 with the name Insta-Burger King. After it was sold to new owners, they shortened the name.
The name comes from the founders, Dick and Mac McDonald. The brothers started the restaurant in 1940 and sold it to Ray Kroc in 1955, who (obviously) kept the name.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the chicken chain, founded by Alvin Copeland in 1972, was named after the character Popeye Doyle in “The French Connection” and not after the cartoon character. Eventually, Popeyes management gave in and licensed use of the cartoon character.
The name comes from the “Moby Dick” character Starbuck because it “evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders,” says the company’s website.
On the advice of a friend named Peter Buck, Fred DeLuca started a sandwich shop in 1965 because he wanted to go to medical school. Buck thought it would be a good way for DeLuca to earn the tuition money. Because of his friend’s encouragement and financial assistance starting the restaurant, DeLuca named it Pete’s Super Submarines. The name was changed to Subway in 1968. DeLuca never went to medical school.
8. Taco Bell
Glen Bell, the founder, just combined the No. 1 menu item with his last name.
Originally the acronym meant “This Can’t Be Yogurt,” but after the company was sued by a similarly-named competitor, it was changed to “The Country’s Best Yogurt.”
Dave Thomas, who founded the business in Columbus, Ohio in 1969, named it after his daughter, Wendy.
If you were like me you spent last night relaxin on the couch with the Academy of Country Music Awards! A good show becomes a great show when Reba takes the stage! And not only did she host the show, but we got a performance of her new song!
Here are my highlights of the show overall
Love the new LANCO song! It was cool to see them perform it live! Blake Shelton ‘s new song Gods Country is everything you love about Blake. Its nice to see him bringing back a little bit of “Old” Blake. The Luke Combs/ Brooks & Dunn was amazing! That was a big highlight for me!
I also loved getting to see new music from Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Eric Church.
And what a return for George Strait! Poor guy had to sing 3 times last night….. #ButImNotComplaining
The only complaint I have is there were so many collaborations. They were all good but I would have loved to see a little less of the collabs and added a few more new artist performances.
Overall loved getting to see our favorite artists all in one place! Big shout out to Keith Urban for winning Entertainer of the Year! Dude puts on an amazing show and more then deserves the recognition. Also super happy for Dan (My Pittsburgh Brother) + Shay! Big night for them and its about time!
Free Ride Bios
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh….HUGE sports fan! Penguins, Pirates, Steelers and West Virginia Mountaineers! Love me some country music!…. You’ll see me out and about singing and/or hosting karaoke shows!
Born and raised in Frederick…..Frederick High Grad! I love all music! I have my own Jazz group (THE DAVE CONRAD TRIO) I Love hanging out with my friends at the Redneck Yacht Club cooking all day,swimming and cutting up! My daughter Emily is now a Shepherd University Graduate…I am so proud of her…she is everything in the world to me! I also ride a RED VESPA! When i can, I hop on it and get lost in the mountains! and with 91 plus miles per gallon this is how i roll every chance i get.