The First American Fast Food in Britain

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The First American Fast Food in Britain

Post by Flyrr100 » Sun Sep 09, 2007 1:07 pm

It was around 1974 when Kentucky Fried Chicken opened their first store in the Twickenham. Years before MacDonalds. It was so cool getting our take out in boxes!
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Post by verytalldave » Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:46 pm

The first McDonalds in the UK was in Powis street in Woolwich, south-east London. It opened in 1974. Cant go anywhere now without seeing the damn places.
I still prefer the old Wimpy hamburgers with a plain toasted bun and a dollop of fried onions. They were orgasmic.
Wimpy bars also sold PROPER milk shakes - made to order and in a real glass glass with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A treat and a half.


Wendy were OK but seem to have disappeared some time ago. The last one I recall was in Cambridge circus in Central London up the Charing cross road. It was the first burger place that sold half-pounders. A real meal.

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Re: The First American Fast Food in Britain

Post by verytalldave » Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:57 pm

Flyrr100 wrote:It was around 1974 when Kentucky Fried Chicken opened their first store in the Twickenham. Years before MacDonalds. It was so cool getting our take out in boxes!

Not true I am sorry to say. It may have been the first in the London area but the very first one was opened in Fishergate, Preston, England, in 1964 ? still successfully trading today.

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Re: The First American Fast Food in Britain

Post by scotsman » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:23 pm

What happened to Wimpy?.

Well, in the 90's, they were bought up by the British conglomerate that then owned BK. When BK was sold back to Americans, there were less Wimpy's as failing ones had been rejigged as BK outlets.

Wimpy is now rebuilding in a way that it hasnt doen for 15-20 years. It is now owned by Wimpy SA, the South African end of the business. They are reopening and rebuilding outlets.

http://www.wimpy.uk.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimpy_(restaurant)


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