Founded in 1972, the then 28-year-old founder struggled to bring Popeyes Chicken to greatness. Years later, the succulent chicken house became what we know and love today. So, which famous cartoon character does not hide behind the chain’s name?
Many assume that Popeye the Sailor Man was the inspiration for the chain’s name, however, this is false. It’s another animated character who was the impulse. Remember the movie “The French Connection”? Remember Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle? That’s the inspiration Popeye.
A Bell Revolution
Our beloved Taco Bell is known for many things, and they are also pioneers when it comes to people's rights, especially woman's rights. Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell, used to help his aunt in a bakery when he was young.
Years later, Taco Bell would become the first fast-food chain to hire a woman for a management position. Now it is clear why the chain succeeded so profoundly.
More Than 50 Cent
In 2008, Taco Bell was dragged to court for supposedly damaging the rapper 50 Cent's reputation. 50 Cent claimed that the chain unauthorisedly used his name to promote their new "Why pay more" campaign. They allegedly destroyed his image.
Taco Bell wrote a letter to 50 Cent, asking him to change his name to 79 Cent, 88 Cents, or 99 Cent, which were the prices of some items offered through this campaign. Instead of the letter being addressed to the rapper in person, it was leaked to some publicity firms and media companies. Fiddy wanted $4 million but settled for an unknown amount.
The Big Waffle House
The Waffle House was founded by two friends — Tom Forkner and Joe Rogers. The two men wanted to open a restaurant that would bring together fast food and 24/7 table service. Back then, in 1995, there weren't any restaurants that offered round-the-clock service.
The most profitable item on the menu was the waffle, so the two decided to name the restaurant after the dish that made them the most money. And as waffles were not considered a take-out item, it also helped to let customers know they offered table service too.
From Sewing Machine to Pizza Making
This pizza joint that can be found in almost every shopping mall was founded by the Italian mama Carmela Sbarro. She immigrated to Brooklyn from Naples together with her husband and three sons. Carmelas' dream was to open an Italian deli in the heart of NY. She never thought her dreams would turn into a pizza chain.
In her early years in America, Sbarro sewed dolls' clothes and saved penny to penny so she could make her dream come true. Gradually, the deli became a pizza shop, which later expanded to the Sbarro we know today. Carmela worked in the first Sbarro until her last days.