Arby’s was founded in Boardman, Ohio, on July 23, 1964, by Forrest and Leroy Raffel, owners of a restaurant equipment business who thought there was a market opportunity for a fast food franchise based on a food other than hamburgers. The name ‘Arby’s’ is based on RB (Raffel Brothers). There are now 3,342 outlets almost all in the USA.
I’ve been visiting the USA since 1978 but only tried Arby’s this last week while in Florida – specifically the Arby’s on 6296 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. Celebration, FL 34747.
Arby’s sell a variety of meat sandwiches – their slogan is ‘We Have The Meats’® . In 2015 they opened a support line for Vegetarians who were tempted to go to Arby’s – 1-855-MEAT-HLP.
There is a bell by the door and Arbys encourage customers to ring the bell when they have experienced good food and service.
We tried a classic Beef and Cheddar sandwich
and a Greek Gyro
Both really delicious and pretty good value compared to the other fast food chains. I’m amazed how the market outside the USA is dominated by McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Subway, whereas the best fast food is In-N-Out Burger, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and now I’ve found Arby’s. Don’t forget to ring the bell!