September 22, 2014 by bbutler1969
If you stop by Wendy’s flagship restaurant in Dublin, Ohio, you’ll be served a hearty helping of the fast-food chain’s history along with your hamburger and Frosty.
In 1969, Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s restaurant, naming it after the nickname for his freckled, red-haired eight-year-old daughter, Melinda Lou. At the patio entrance to the restaurant, you’ll find a statue of Thomas holding a Frosty and a to-go bag. There are two hidden symbols on the statue: one recalls Thomas’s wife of 47 years, Lorraine; the other is for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which the adopted entrepreneur founded in 1992 to help foster children find a permanent family.
The restaurant’s community room is furnished with lounge seating, a fireplace and a flat-screen television. It’s also filled with memorabilia related to the company’s history.
On one wall, a timeline juxtaposes Wendy’s history with world and community events, while displays in each of the floor-to-ceiling windows present enticing collections of artifacts. Here, you’ll see the original test griddle used to cook Wendy’s signature quarter-pound square hamburger from fresh, 100 percent ground beef,…
… Wendy’s original logo, as well as employee uniforms modeled after Wendy’s signature blue-and-white striped dress …
… and examples of Wendy’s famous advertising campaigns, including the unforgettable “Where’s the Beef?,” as well as one of Thomas’s red ties that he wore with a short-sleeved white shirt in countless television commercials.
Remember how Wendy’s décor matched the restaurant’s old-fashioned theme? Here, you can sit in one of four original bentwood chairs at a refurbished table topped with images of newspaper clippings…
… while you admire an original Tiffany-style glass lamp, a hand-painted drive-through menu and those nifty hanging plastic beads that were used to divide seating areas. All are from the original restaurant at the corner of Fifth and Broad Streets in downtown Columbus.
The restaurant is located at 4555 West Dublin Granville Road, across the street from Wendy’s headquarters.