How Lovie Yancey founded popular post-World War II restaurant chain ‘Fatburger’

Lovie Yancey, an African America woman was recognized as a trailblazing black businesswoman of her time. She started a popular post-World War II hamburger stand in 1947. Eventually, the restaurant chain – Fatburger – became a successful franchise around the world. “I settled on hamburgers because they were the fastest-selling sandwich in America,” she told the Wave newspaper in 1985. At age 35, Yancey and her friend, Charles Simpson came together to form a business venture called Mr. Fatburger. According to history, with scrap materials from his place of employment,…

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