WASHINGTON, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24: NATIONAL DRIVE-THRU DAY
Profile America — Wednesday, July 24th. This is National Drive-Thru Day — noting the popularity of restaurants that take orders by intercom and then pass the food out a window to the customers wanting to keep on the move. The first such service was the idea of Robert Peterson, at a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in San Diego in 1951, serving hamburgers for just 18 cents. At the time, drive-in restaurants were very popular. The serving staff — some even on roller skates — brought food to people who stayed in their parked cars, with the meal set on a tray attached to the car. Today, drive-throughs are a feature of many of the more than 211,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S., which generate over $151 billion in sales each year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov
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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).
CONTACT: Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762, richard.thomas.reed-at-census.gov
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau