|- The greatest dish available on Wendy's menu.|
Fast food architecture has become iconic along American interstate routes and in neighborhoods all across the country. Branding is important to corporations - it creates a recognizable image of your product. So while the design of fast food buildings has changed over time, the rapid expansion of these eateries into the suburban landscape has created easily recognizable buildings.
My Dad and I were recently walking the dog through the neighborhood he and my Mom live in. As the dog stopped to do his business, I looked over at one of the nearby condos and began to ask him: "When were these buildings built, cause the solariums look like..."
"...A Wendy's?" He interjected.
He was right, that was exactly what I was about to say. The sunrooms protruding from many of the condos looked exactly like similar structures commonly found on Wendy's fast food restaurants.
There's an old Onion article from 2000 that features the headline: "You Can Tell Area Bank Used To Be A Pizza Hut." Below the satirical headline is an image:
|- Image via: The Onion (America's Most Trusted News Source)|
Just as the angled roof came to be recognized as a Pizza Hut trait, so did the Wendy's sunroom. According to some half-hearted internet research, the majority of the chain's sunrooms were designed and built by the commercial division of Four Seasons Sunrooms.
|- A typical Wendy's "sunroom style" restaurant.|
In recent years, the Wendy's hamburger chain has been shying away from the lowered floor and glass surrounded seating area that affords diners natural light and views of the nearby parking lot. Yet, many of the restaurants still remain open today. Even when abandoned or repurposed as something else, the sunroom still reminds you that a building "Used To Be A Wendy's."
So let's say you came into ownership of a former Wendy's restaurant. Would you turn it into a dance studio like this one in Highland Heights, KY?
Or give it a new restaurant model and new life as a Chinese buffet such as this one in Milford, OH?
Or would you do something else with it?