is a chain of fast food restaurants
founded by the late Dave Thomas
and now owned by the United States
giant, Wendy's International, Inc. The first Wendy's restaurant was opened in Columbus, Ohio
on November 15
, and grew rapidly to open over 3,000 stores by 1985
. The restaurant chain purportedly was named after Dave Thomas's daughter, and is characterized by slightly higher quality (and prices) than competing fast food restaurants.
Starting on January 9, 1984 elderly actress Clara Peller was featured in the successful "Where's the Beef" North American commercial campaign for Wendy's. Her famous line quickly entered the American pop culture.
Wendy's International, Inc. is also the owner of the Tim Hortons donut franchise in Canada and the United States.