Fast Food Trivia: Why Does Wendy’s have Square Burgers?

I used to love going to Wendy’s in high school and asking the manager “Excuse me sir, why are your hamburgers square?”. He would respond “because we don’t cut corners”. I thought it was an acceptable answer…even though clearly corners are cut to make a square burger. Have you ever wondered who that red head is? What’s the story with Dave Thomas? If you have, you’re in the right place.

1.Who started Wendy’s?

A man named Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus Ohio. You probably recognize him from the commercials

2. Who is that red headed girl? Is that Wendy?

Actually that is Melinda Lou who was Dave’s 8 year old daughter at the time. Her nickname was “Wenda” when she was younger because she couldn’t pronounce her own name. What did she look like?

Here is what she looks like now

3. Why are Wendy’s hamburgers square?

It isn’t because they don’t cut corners. In an interview with Dave Thomas from 2001 he said the reason his burgers are square is because of fond memories of a burger restaurant from his childhood. It was called Kewpee Burger and it was located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They served square patties.

4. What is a frosty? Isn’t it just a chocolate milk shake?

The frosty was an original menu item at Wendy’s and cost .35 cents. It’s actually a mix between chocolate and vanilla because 100% chocolate was too strong.

5. Does Wendy’s all it’s original menu items?

Everything except for the sugar cream pie.

6.Did Wendy’s always have a chicken sandwich on their menu?

They introduced the original chicken sandwich in 1980 and the spicy chicken sandwich was initially a limited time offer but was so popular it stayed on the menu full time in 1996.

7. Has Wendy’s always offered a value menu?

Wendy’s offered the first ever single price point value menu in 1988. Everything on the value menu was offered at .99 cents.

8. Who is that annoying where’s the beef lady?

That would be Clara Peller. She was a retired manicurist who was 81 years old at the time she was asked to do the campaign.

9. What is the most awesome menu item?

Wendy’s is probably the only burger chain to serve baked potatoes and chili. The winner of best menu item however goes to the baconator double

10. How popular is Wendy’s?

It’s the third biggest hamburger chain with 6,650 locations worldwide. They trail only Mcdonald’s who has 31,000 locations and Burger King who has 12,000 locations.