WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NATIONAL DRIVE-THRU DAY
Profile America — Friday, July 24th. Today is National Drive-Thru Day, following closely on National Junk Food Day. But rather than pass judgment, this occasion recognizes the popularity of restaurants that serve customers wanting to keep on the move. The first such service is believed to have been at Red's Giant Hamburg on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri, in 1947. The following year, the concept was expanded by the In N Out Burger restaurants in California. At the time, drive-in restaurants were very popular. The serving staff — some even on roller skates — brought food to stationary cars, with the meal set on a tray attached to the car. Today, drive-throughs are a feature of many of the more than 224,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S., which employ over 3.5 million people, and generate more than $185 billion in sales each year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
First drive-through: http://time.com/money/3478752/drive-thru-fast-food-fast-casual/
Spread of drive-through and drive-in: http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/fries-with-that-a-brief-history-of-drive-thru-dining
Limited service restaurants/ NAICS 722211: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_72I2&prodType=table
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).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau