Dave Thomas continues to resonate with people, even years after his death. Perhaps it’s because he truly lived out the American Dream by working his way up and creating one of the most successful fast-food chains in the world. The creation of Wendy’s is certainly a “rags to riches” story that made Dave Thomas a restaurant-owning icon. Everything from his commercials, net worth, and delicious food made him come across as everyone’s friendly grandfather.
Wendy’s is so popular that it serves about 50 million people a month in the United States. You probably already know that the restaurant was named after his daughter Melinda, who was nicknamed Wendy. Her face and classic pigtails are immortalized, making her one of the most iconic redheads of all time. But there are more facts about this fast-food legend that may surprise you.
This is the incredible story of Dave Thomas, the creator of Wendy’s fast-food chain.