THE daughter of US fast food chain Wendy’s founder has revealed her dad regretted naming the burger franchise after her – and for a very sad reason.
Wendy Thomas, daughter of American businessman Dave Thomas, revealed her father apologised for naming the burger chain after her because it “put too much pressure” on her.
Wendy’s was opened 50 years ago in 1969 by Dave, who wanted “a character” to front his new brand.
He decided to use his daughter and the iconic image of her with her hair in pigtails went on to become the classic symbol of Wendy’s that’s still recognised today.
Speaking to The Square Deal, Wendy agreed the business did put pressure on her but said she wouldn’t change a thing.
She went on to reveal how her father made the stunning confession shortly before he died almost 20 years ago in January 2002.
Wendy says she still strives to carry on his legacy.
She said: “He said: ‘You know what? I’m sorry.’
“He explained: ‘I should’ve just named it after myself, because it put a lot of pressure on you.’
“I have to do the right thing, because it’s the legacy I have to carry on.”
There’s currently 5,810 Wendy’s restaurants in the US so it’s safe to say the chain proved to be a success.
The very first Wendy’s was opened on November 15, 1969, on 257 East Broad Street, in Columbus, Ohio.
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