White Castle holds the title of being the first fast-food restaurant inthe world. Their original hamburger eatery opened in Wichita,
Kansas in 1921. The restaurant was the start of what has become a multi-billion dollar fast food industry. (White Castle predated McDonald’s by many years. The first food stand operated by the McDonald family did not open until 1937.)
White Castle was also the first fast-food restaurant to sell over a billion burgers. They passed this milestone in 1961, far in advance of their competitors.
White Castle’s Beginning
Walt Anderson (1880-1963) was the cook behind the counter of the earliest White Castle restaurant. Anderson had been running food stands in Wichita since 1916 when he opened his first diner in a converted streetcar. Continue reading