First opened in 1969, Columbus, OH. 49 years of age.
Dave Thomas and Phil Clauss worked for KFC’s founder Colonel Harland Sanders before opening up their own some years later. The first Wendy’s was opened in an old car dealership and sold old fashioned burgers for 55 cents a piece. The restaurant was named after Thomas’ daughter, Melinda Lou, known as “Wendy” by her siblings.