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In 1940, brothers Mac and Dick McDonald opened McDonald’s Bar-B-Que in San Bernardino, Calif.; eight years later they decided to revamp the restaurant’s concept to cater to their most profitable menu item, hamburgers — they renamed the restaurant McDonald’s. In 1954, Multimixer salesman Ray Kroc visited the restaurant and was blown away by the efficient system developed by the McDonald’s brothers; he started franchising the brand and bought the company one year later.

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