Jack In The Box (6270 El Cajon Boulevard — San Diego, California)
Once a chain restaurant opens up locations all over the country, if not the world, we tend to forget that these food empires began with one original location.
At the top of the post you can see the original Jack In The Box location in my hometown of San Diego, California, opened by Robert O. Peterson in 1951 who converted his drive-in restaurant into a drive-thru.
Taco Bell is another chain that originated in Southern California and ended up making it big in the fast food world, opened in Downey by Glen Ball in 1962.
Taco Bell (7112 Firestone Blvd, Downey, California)
While their original location is now Seafood & Tacos Raul you can see why their restaurants were always mission-shaped with a bell on top.
And lastly let's get in to the pizza game with the Hut- this little "hut" is the original Pizza Hut restaurant, opened by brothers Dan and Frank Carney in scenic Wichita, Kansas back in 1958.
Pizza Hut (503 South Bluff St, Wichita, Kansas)
They named it Pizza Hut because they only had room on the sign for 9 letters,which means they could have named it Pizzazz, Pizza Den, Pizza Lab, Pizza Pie or Pizzaaaa! too...