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Dave Thomas the founder of Wendys restaurant opened his first restaurant on November 15 1969 in Columbus Ohio Dave was born in Atlantic City New Jersey on July 2 1932 He was adopted at six weeks old by Rex and Auleva Thomas Dave moved from state to state with his father when his mother passed at the age of 5 At the age of 12 Dave obtained his first job at a restaurant in Knoxville Thus he began his love for the restaurant business At the age of 15 Dave dropped out of high school to work full time in the restaurant business While working full-time at the Hobby House restaurant Dave met Colonel Sanders the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken now KFC In 1962 Dave was offered the opportunity to turn around four failing Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in Columbus Ohio Utilizing his past experience Dave turned the restaurants around sold them back to KFC and immediately became a millionaire all at the age of 35 He then co-founded Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips Dave again capitalized on his experiences in restaurant management when he decided to establish his own restaurant Since hamburgers were his favorite food Dave decided to start a restaurant that would serve a quality hamburger without a 30 minute waiting period Named for his eight year old daughter Dave started Wendys In order to focus on quality and remain competitive the menu was limited to four basic products excluding beverages The product line included hamburgers chili french fries and Wendys Frosty Dairy Dessert Wendys hamburgers patties consisted of pound of 100 percent pure domestic beef served as a square shaped patty rather than a round shaped patty and served hot n juicy in accordance with individual customer orders The french fries were sliced slightly longer and thicker from high quality potatoes and cooked in specially-designed fryers to allow the inside to be cooked without burning the outside Wendys Frosty
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