Dave Thomas

“Dave’s Not Here” During The Pandemic, and Wendy’s Is Doing The Right Thing

Wendy’s Company is doing the right thing giving operators a one-year break on the Company’s “Image Activation” remodels as part of a package of assistance announced last week.

Operators will get a break during remodeling and development requirements.

David Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, opened his first Wendy’s in Columbus, Ohio, on November 15, 1969. He named the restaurant after his eight-year-old daughter.

In 1982, Thomas resigned from his day-to-day operations at Wendy’s. But he returned in 1985 into a more active role.

Dave began to visit franchises and espouse his hardworking, so-called “mop-bucket attitude.”

In 1989, he took on a significant part as the TV spokesperson in a series of commercials for the brand.

He died on January 8, 2002, at his house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 69, after a 10-year battle with carcinoid neuroendocrine.

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He had an outstanding work ethic, which is the biggest reason for Wendy’s success.

The second I feel is his commitment to using fresh, never frozen beef on every hamburger, every day! I know this to be the truth because a close friend of mine worked there during her college years.

Daves Experience Started At The Hobby Ranch House Restaurant In Fort Wayne, Indiana

Daves’s food industry experience began at the Hobby House as a young teenager.

This location specialized in barbeque, and an early assistant manager was Dave Thomas, and later became the founder of Wendy’s fast-food restaurant.

During the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, rather than waiting for the draft, he volunteered for the U.S. Army at age 18.

Because he had food production experience, Dave requested the Cook’s and Baker’s School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sent to West Germany as a mess sergeant became responsible for the daily meals of 2,000 soldiers.  He rose to the rank of staff sergeant.

After his discharge in 1953, Thomas returned to Fort Wayne and the Hobby House.

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Wendy’s Is Offering A Free Jr. Frosty With Every Drive-Thru Order

The Dublin, Ohio-based Company has now closed its dining rooms, along with 46 stores in the U.S. and 189 internationally, and is working to rescue beleaguered franchisees during this pandemic.

While the fast-food chain restaurants remain closed for dine-in customers to slow the spread of the virus, they are still open for delivery and drive-thru orders.

Time To Give Back

Time to give back, companies small and large need to do what they can for their customers and workers!

In response to the spread of coronavirus and to promote social distancing, most major fast-food chains have transitioned to take-out, drive-thru, and delivery only. Also, many are offering free delivery at least through March.

Dave may not be here, but he must be proud of the Company he started is honoring the franchisees!

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