Michael “Jim” Delligatti came up with the idea for McDonald’s flagship Big Mac burger almost 50 years at his franchise in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and went on to see it become a cultural icon and one of the world’s best-known fast food items. “Delligatti was a legendary franchisee within McDonald’s system who made a lasting impression on our brand,” the franchise said in a statement on Wednesday. “We will remember Jim as an insightful franchisee, a knowledgeable businessman.” Sales have slowed in recent years for McDonalds’ Big Mac Recounting the story of how he came up with the Big Mac in 1967, Delligatti said he simply wanted to offer customers a larger burger. The Big Boy restaurant chain’s flagship burger had two patties on a three-layer bun with lettuce, cheese and a “special sauce” that was little more than thousand island dressing. Available since 1937, it was twice as big as a McDonald’s hamburger, which then came in only one size. The Big Mac closely followed the Big Boy template, even down to the name. Speaking to the Associated Press in 2006, Delligatti recalled that McDonald’s initially resisted the idea because its original lineup of hamburgers, fries and milkshakes was selling well. “They figured, why go to… Read full this story
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