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11 Cities Where the Most Popular Fast Food Chains Started

Craving a decadent chocolate milkshake or a delicious bacon cheeseburger? If so, stop at any fast food restaurant for a quick, easy and inexpensive meal. Many fast food companies got their start in the 1950s and 60s as smaller family owned restaurants that were later franchised. In recent years, fast food has had to adapt to a more health conscious consumer with companies like Chipotle offering a healthier alternative to greasy fries. Here’s a look at 11 of the most popular fast food restaurants and where they got started. The dates and locations may surprise you.

1. Chipotle: 1993 in Denver, CO

Billed as a fast casual restaurant, Chipotle is a newcomer to the fast food industry. Chipotle is the brain child of Steve Ellis. The fast food restaurant focuses on delivering high quality food with fresh and natural ingredients. Chipotle is quickly growing with 1500 locations worldwide and a net income of $278 Million in 2012.

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