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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Notes from The Square Deal Inbox: One Customer’s Heartwarming Story
Since starting this blog in March, it’s been an interesting lesson in learning how to keep up with regular content postings and respond to reader feedback – major props to all full-time bloggers out there! Some weeks have been easier than others, but it’s always gratifying to see how our customers engage with us and the blog. Obviously, the comments and...
Dec 22, 2016 1:30 PM ET
Here’s The Beef: Wendy’s Joins the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
Editor’s Note: We love all of our products, but none is more important to Wendy’s than our hamburgers. We have a great team dedicated to sourcing the highest quality fresh never frozen North American beef for Wendy’s. We recently took another step in our long-time commitment to sourcing quality beef responsibly by joining the ...
Dec 9, 2016 8:10 AM ET
Wendy’s Believes in Giving Back
Editor's Note: The Square Deal welcomes Elizabeth Drake to the blog.  Elizabeth began her Wendy’s career 3.5 years ago in our IT Finance department and now works in Communications where she manages The Wendy’s Company charitable and community engagement strategy.  She serves on our cause marketing and Frosty 5K committees and is the communications lead for Wendy’s young...
Dec 1, 2016 10:45 AM ET
The Church Brothers: Two Guys Who Know Their Way Around a Field of Lettuce
We know our suppliers are some of the best in the industry. So we’re never surprised, but we certainly are proud when they get kudos within their industry. Tom and Steve Church, founders of Church Brothers Farms, ...
Nov 22, 2016 8:30 AM ET
White Shirts and Red Ties All Around
Last week, the Wendy’s Family celebrated our 47th birthday and paid homage to our founder, Dave Thomas. We call this week, Founder's Week, and on the last day we all come to work Dave’s Way: dressed in a white short-sleeve button-up shirt and a red tie. Trust me.  It makes sense. Back in the day, and at the height of his fame, Dave was one of the most...
Nov 21, 2016 8:15 AM ET