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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  • Originally saw it on the discovery channel couple years ago so we put it on our bucket list of places to visit while traveling ! Located on Route #66 an icon of a business from one store revolving to ...  more »
  • We had seen the movie "The Founder" so thought it would be interesting to stop at the site of the original McDonald's. So many cool artifacts as well as many things borrowed from the museum to produce...  more »
  • I've been to San Bernardino dozens of times over the past 5 years but I've never stopped by the McDonald's Museum until now! It is a small building, but it's worth a visit if you are nearby. Sadly the...  more »

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