On this day in 1955, in the city of Des Plaines, Illinois, a great American institution began. And, like most successful American institutions it made no sense on paper and was started by the illogical.
It was a fast food restaurant. It was not started by some hotshot kid but, rather, by a 55-year-old guy who previously sold blenders for making milkshakes. The year before, on one of his sales trips to California he noticed a drive-in that was doing more business than any other. He itemized its features, it was clean, service was fast, food was uniform. And the fries….they were like nobody else’s. That’s when he discovered that they always left on a tiny bit of potato skin in each batch so that the flavor transferred in the frying.
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