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What Came First Mcdonalds Or Burger King?

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McDonald’s was the first to be established out of the two, founded in 1940 in the shape of a small restaurant called McDonald’s Bar-Be-Que in California, run by brothers, Richard and Maurice McDonald. Their 'Speedee Service System' was their trademark, serving good quality food to customers quickly, and this concept caught the eye of Ray Kroc, a high school drop out turned American businessman who took over the McDonald’s corporation franchise in 1954 and opened the ninth McDonald’s restaurant. He then purchased the McDonald brothers’ equity in the company and led its worldwide expansion through franchising the business concept. At present, McDonald’s restaurants are found in 119 countries and territories around the world and serve 58 million customers daily. There are currently 31,000 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people.

Burger King was founded in 1953 as Insta-Burger King, a Florida-based restaurant chain. The company ran into financial difficulties in 1955 and was bought out and renamed Burger King by two of its Miami-based franchisees, David Edgerton and James McLamore. They ran the company for eight years, expanding to 250 restaurants in the U.S. Before selling to the Pillsbury Company in 1967. The company has since been through many change of hands and restructuring to survive financial downturns and closing of major franchises. At the end of 2010 Burger King announced it had more than 12,200 restaurants in 73 countries across the world; of these 66 per cent are in the United States.

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McDonald's came first.  It was a hamburger stand opened in 1940  by brothers Richard and Mac McDonald in San Bernardino, California. They devised their own food preparation methods, calling them the Speedee Service System, in 1948.  This established the basic principles of how modern fast-food restaurants operate.

In the following decade the business methods and name were leased to others (what's called a franchise), with a man named Ray Kroc opening the ninth McDonald's franchise in Des Plaines, IL, in 1955.  Ray Kroc later took over the corporation, buying out the the McDonald's brothers.  He also introduced a lot more ideas that ultimately made the business such a big world-wide success.

The first Burger King restaurant was started as a fast-food restaurant in Miami, Florida, in 1954, by two graduates of Cornell University. They were copying ideas they had seen at the original McDonald's hamburger stand in San Bernardino, and bought their first milkshake machine from Ray Kroc himself.
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Anonymous answered
McDonald's came first.

As to the "Guests" comment above, how is 1948 earlier than 1940? The fact is that there were hundreds (thousands???) of drive in and drive up restaurants prior to In-N-Out. Check out Swenson's Drive In in Northeast Ohio, they've been around since 1934 (which, once again, I'm pretty sure means it came before In-N-Out's founding in 1948). www.swensonsdriveins.com

The McDonald's brothers created a great system for delivering (arguably) tasty food in a quick, consistent manner and Ray Croc saw the potential of this system. He bought the rights from the brothers and then ran with it...
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Mc Donalds came first:

  • McDonalds --> established: 15. Mai 1940
  • Burger King --> established: 1954
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I think it was McDonalds.
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Mcdonalds came first.
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Actually In-N-Out came first in 1948! Everyone else is a copycat!

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