U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for April 11

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

APRIL 11: GASTRONOMIC MILESTONE

Profile AmericaFriday, April 11th.  This week in 1955, a small hamburger restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois–the first of what would become one of the world's best-recognized brand names — McDonald's. The franchise shop belonged Ray Kroc, whose main interest at the time was selling the machines that mixed milkshakes. The name came from two McDonald brothers who operated a hamburger shop in California. The first day's revenue at the Illinois franchise was $366 and 12 cents. That shop is now a museum housing artifacts from the growth of the chain into one of the most successful food-serving operations in history, having famously served billions of hamburgers in operations around the world. In the U.S. today, there are over 211,000 fast food outlets serving hamburgers and $151 billion worth of other comestibles per year. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:          
Kane's Famous First Facts, 2464    http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/our_story/our_history/the_ray_kroc_story.html    http://famousdaily.com/history/mcdonalds-restaurants-founded.html    http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2007_US_72A1&prodType=table NAICS 722211

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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