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Wendy's is an American fast-food chain founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas. The first Wendy's restaurant opened in Columbus, Ohio. Over the course of 60 years, the Wendy's restaurant company quickly grew to more than 5,000 restaurants across the nation. Today, it is an international American restaurant. Wendy's is known for its square beef hamburger patties and its iconic Frosty dessert. Since the 1980s, Wendy's has expanded their menu items to include grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes, chili, breakfast options, and much more. The restaurant was named after founder Dave Thomas's daughter, Melinda, who went by the nickname Wendy. Thomas was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and adopted before the age of one. He worked as a cook throughout his early career before venturing into the fast-food career in the late 1960s. Thomas spent his adult life advocating for foster care. In the 1990s, Wendy's embraced adoption as its national charitable cause raising millions of dollars to bring awareness to the issue. In 1992, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption was established. Dave Thomas died at the age of 69 in January, 2002. The Wendy's company has carried on the legacy of Thomas through its commitment to philanthropy.
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