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Answers to Thursday, March 13, 2022

1. Burton’s Ice Cream Shop and Snowbird Ice Cream were competing Glendale, California businesses owned by rival brothers-in-law who eventually merged their shops in 1953. What did they name their newly merged business?

Baskin-Robbins

(their names were Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins)

2. In the ‘40s, a guy named Glen ran a hot dog stand near a much more successful Mexican restaurant. He got the owners to show him how to make their signature dish, and opened his first brick-and-mortar in Downey, California, with a name combining his top dish and his own last name. What did he call it?

Taco Bell

(His name was Glen Bell)

3. In 1993, a restaurateur named Paul Fleming joined forces with the family often credited with introducing Mandarin food to America. Together they created what chain, which now operates more than 300 locations worldwide?

P.F. Chang’s

(“P.F.” is Paul Fleming; “Chang” is Philip Chiang, son of renowned chef Cecilia Chiang)

4. Jay-Z owns a New York sports bar called the 40/40 Club, after an elite group of four baseball players who stole 40 bases and hit 40 home runs in a single season. Name one of those four players.

Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano

5. In 1965, a divorced single mother bought a popular New Orleans steakhouse, and staffed it almost entirely with other single moms. When she opened a second location, her original purchase agreement forced her to add her name to the business. Her last name was Fertel—what was her first name?

Ruth

(the original was called Chris Steak House; it became Ruth’s Chris)