The Square Deal

The Square Deal

Ever wonder why a Wendy’s® hamburger is square? Our founder Dave Thomas started Wendy’s in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio with a simple idea. Great food, served hot and fresh, by nice people. And the square thing? That came from his childhood role model, Grandma Minnie, who told him to Never Cut Corners. Dave didn’t have the easiest childhood. He was adopted as a baby and then his adoptive mother died when he was very young. His father remarried three times and often struggled to find a job so the family moved around frequently. Dave found solace and community in restaurants – he recalled being eight years old when he first dreamed of starting a restaurant where “everyone would love my food.” Today, we remain committed to his ideals like Quality is our Recipe® (and we still don’t cut corners), and Do the Right Thing. With his childhood as our example, our signature cause is foster care adoption and finding homes for the hundreds of thousands of children who are waiting in foster care to find their forever families. Interested in hearing more? We’ll use this space to give you The Square Deal™ – our views on food, quality, culture, children’s issues and doing our best to make Dave proud.

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A Wonderful Surprise Happened at a Wendy’s Restaurant
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBC’s Today show is spotlighting three women diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatments as part of its Pink Power Series. Dahlia Clarke-Hanshaw, a general manager at a Wendy's restaurant in Norwalk, Connecticut, was nominated and chosen to be featured on #PinkPowerTODAY for her positive attitude, courage and persistence during...
Oct 9, 2017 9:00 AM ET
Wendy's Celebrates Adoption-Friendly Workplaces
At Wendy’s®, we believe our brand purpose is to create joy and opportunity through food, family, and community.  One of the many ways we bring this purpose to life is by supporting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and their signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids®.  I’m honored to serve as Vice Chair of the DTFA Board of Trustees and am committed to helping the DTFA find permanent,...
Sep 29, 2017 12:35 PM ET
Wendy’s High School Heisman – Application Now Open
Summer is just about coming to a close. Which – is a bummer. We know. But at Wendy’s®, there’s a silver lining: the kickoff to Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship season. You know we are passionate about a lot. Fresh beef, for instance. Quality ingredients overall. The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®. But for the past 23 years, Wendy’s has also been a champion for students who...
Sep 12, 2017 1:55 PM ET
Join Wendy's in Supporting the American Red Cross Relief Efforts for Hurricane Harvey
Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the Wendy’s Family and all those who have been affected by this tragedy.  Wendy’s has partnered with the American Red Cross to help speed relief to those in the affected areas. Please join Wendy’s employees,...
Aug 31, 2017 8:05 AM ET
A Wendy’s Franchise and a Good Cause: How to Get More Out of a Day on the Links
Editors Note: The Briad Group Charity Golf Outing is September 14, 2017 at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ.  If you are interested in sponsoring or playing in the tournament, please visit the event website.
Aug 24, 2017 10:55 AM ET