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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Celebrating 25 Years of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Editor's Note: In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, we're sharing a blog post by President & CEO of the Foundation, Rita Soronen.
Jul 31, 2017 12:05 PM ET
From Foster Care to Forever Families
In her job as an adoption recruiter for Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® (WWK), Kerri Byrd often works long hours. She works continually to earn the trust of children and teenagers who have bounced around the foster care system living in home after home. She fills out paperwork—lots of it. And day after day (which often spills into night), she coordinates with therapists, caseworkers, attorneys and...
Jul 20, 2017 12:15 PM ET
A Heartwarming Story About Community, Wendy’s Style
Several times a week, someone gets a special shout-out at the Maine Mall Wendy’s in South Portland.  It’s when Ryan, a weekday regular, bursts through the doors with a hearty, “There’s Becky!” Becky Watermilk has worked at this Wendy’s for almost three years. Ryan has been a customer for two. And while connecting with customers is trademark Becky, reaching out comes far less easily for...
Jul 6, 2017 8:05 AM ET
Flyboys, Franchisees, and Making Mom Proud
A “flyboy” is just another, more casual name for a pilot. A “tail gunner” is a crewman on a military aircraft who is stationed at the rear of the aircraft and defends against enemy fire. A “radioman” operates – you guessed it – the radio. You don’t hear these terms very often, unless you’re the owner of the Wendy’s in...
Jul 3, 2017 2:15 PM ET
Family Recipe: Aaron Ewen Keeps it Consistent
Meet Aaron Ewen.  Aaron works for First Sun Management Corporation, a Wendy’s franchise organization based in South Carolina. Before Aaron was promoted to district manager, he was a general manager and his franchise organization named his Wendy’s “restaurant of the year” in 2016, which is pretty impressive because, in Aaron’s words, “The Clemson location is the only Wendy’s that I have had the...
Jun 27, 2017 1:45 PM ET