Original McDonald's Site and Museum, San Bernardino

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Juan Pollo Restaurants owns and operates the Site of the Original McDonalds Museum located in San Bernardino, Calif.

In 1940, Dick and Mac Mcdonald opened McDonald's Barbecue Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, at 14th st. and E st. They had a staff of 20 attractive carhops and a 25 item menu that included barbecue ribs, beef, and pork sandwiches. They soon became the #1 teen hangout in the San Bernardino.

Although the brothers were becoming very wealthy, they felt that there were too many headaches to running a large operation and felt there had to be a better system.

Dick Mcdonald started studying his sales item by item and realized that 80% of his sandwiches sold were hamburgers! The brothers also realized two more important factors that shaped their thinking.
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  • We visited whilst doing Route 66 and the curator was friendly. Not sure what we expected but we only spent 5-10 minutes in there. If you love happy meal toys it's for you. Thought probably foolishly i...  more »
  • Cool place to kill some time while in the area. Impressive collection of happy meal toys, pictures, etc. I wouldn't recommend making a special trip to visit it but def worth a stop if you're in the ar...  more »
  • A little here packed into it but this was the place of 1 McDonald. A place to visit if we follow Route 66. Well, it is somewhat outdated, but I imagine that fans of McDonald's cannot escape!
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