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 were doing Route 66 and this is a quirky stop. The place is really neat and retro. Lots of memorabilia that was all donated. The museum has free admission. The gentleman who worked there was very k...  more »
  • On our travels we visited this museum, whilst it wasn't exactly what we expected it was wonderful to look at all the memorabilia.  more »
  • This is in a run down part of town but worth the effort to find it...quirky and very interesting. The story of the McDonalds chain is fascinating and Jack Marcus is very knowledgeable.  more »