Did You Know First Drive-Thru In United States Is In Illinois?
The very first drive-thru restaurant in the United States is located in Illinois.
Drive-Thru Restaurants Make Life Easier
I think we all take drive-thru restaurants for granted. Nowadays, there are so many available to use that we do not even think about it anymore. It has just become a habit. When is the last time you went into a place that offered one? It has been a long time for me, personally.
What A Great Idea, Where Did It Start
Did you ever wonder where did the concept of a drive-thru restaurant come from? It might be closer than you think. This groundbreaking business is Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop in Springfield, Illinois.
According to Maid-Rite Facebook page...
"It is the very first Drive through in the nation and is a national historical landmark that has been a Springfield tradition since 1920!!"
History And Details About Maid-Rite, America's First Drive-Thru Restaurant
- 100 years old
- Built 1920 (with drive-thru)
- Franchises 1926
- Food items have remained the same for their entire history (of course, prices have gone up through the years)
- Open Monday - Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM
- 118 N Pasfield Street in Springfield
- More info, HERE
- Menu includes
- Maid-Rite sandwiches
- Homemade root beer
- Root beer float
Check out the menu...
What Is A Maid-Rite Sandwich
According to maid-rite.com,
"Our select line of seasoned loose meat sandwiches are made from 100% USDA Midwestern fresh ground beef served on a fresh steamed white or wheat bun, with your choice of ketchup, mustard, onion, and pickles."
How Was It Named?
"The story goes that in 1926, a delivery man tasted the ground beef sandwich that Fred Angell was serving and declared that it was "made right."
Great idea for a fun food road trip.
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