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45 years of fast food chains in Ireland

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,658 ✭✭✭✭OldMrBrennan83


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,980 ✭✭✭Lucy8080


    I was one of the first to welcome the invasion of fast food here..I was a champion of it.

    Until that awful day when I knew we had under-estimated the monster we had let loose on ourselves.

    Soup in a basket, feckin' scalded the lap of me so it did!


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,409 ✭✭✭Riddle101


    Do you think it was inevitable or a big mistake?

    Well I reckon it was inevitable given how cheap fast food is/was. Cheap affordable good is always welcome.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,577 ✭✭✭worded


    PizzaLand


  • Posts: 17,378 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    From experience, I'd say delis and the chicken rolls etc. are worse for the general health of the country because so many get them so often. Although, maybe they're not as popular anymore?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,423 ✭✭✭✭Outlaw Pete


    I loved Metro Burger, at the side of the old Screen cinema. The sign is still there.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,396 ✭✭✭✭Turtyturd


    Delacent wrote: »
    Others

    King Burger - ilac and O'Connell st I think

    Wonderburger in northside sc

    Wonderburger is a blast from the past. They used to operate from a little hatch out the back hours after the shopping centre had closed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,111 ✭✭✭mr_edge_to_you


    George Hook was involved in catering back in day. According to his autobiography he was offered the exclusive rights to bring McDonalds to Ireland. He turned it down because he thought it would never take off.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,417 ✭✭✭ToddyDoody


    It must be said, McDonald's really put Longford on the map when they moved in.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,542 ✭✭✭Duff


    The Four Lanterns in Dundalk was the place to be when I was a kid. Best drumsticks ever.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,215 ✭✭✭marklazarcovic


    buck rogers, prospect hill galway ,nuff said.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,313 ✭✭✭✭Sam Kade


    Super-Rush wrote: »
    20 minutes waiting for a burger is not my idea of fast.

    Wash it down with a curry chip and see how fast it will be.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,793 ✭✭✭Red Kev


    D0NNELLY wrote: »
    4 Lights is the only fast food worth checking out.. McD's etc can feck off..

    Yeah, but they got rightly shafted back in the day when Hayley's opened on O'Connell St. 4 Lights had no seating, but they did do pizza which was a novelty then.
    In May 1980 (at the age of 7), I had my first Holy Communion. As a treat, I got fish'n'chips (brought from Kildare to MacDonald's in O'Connell Street in Dublin!)

    The fish had mayonnaise slathered upon it so I did the only rational thing: I crept under the table and cried. My parents probably thought I was a bit weird. They probably still do...

    Are you Ray D'Arcy by any chance? :)
    sugarman wrote: »

    Burgerland next to KFC, now Supermacs on O'Connell St.

    This is from 1971, I used to love Caffola's.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,128 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin


    Herself is from the US. To her, Supermac food is superior to the likes of Five Guys or Chick Fil-A.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭cerastes


    Grandeeod wrote: »
    Back in the 70s I remember them all. Wimpy in Inchicore, Dublin. Burgerland in both Dublin and Waterford, when they gave out the Walt Disney glasses. Wendy's just off O'Connell street (Mary Street with its wooden seats) My first experience of Burger King was the one beside the Savoy Cinema on O'Connell Street in 1985. McDonalds was actually the last place I got to back then.

    Does anyone remember New York New York on Baggot Street, Dublin??

    I remember Ney York, New York, Henry street
    Grandeeod wrote: »
    Oh yeah sunshine were up over head alright. Mark Cagney must of been there at the time surely? Never remember it as a burgerland as only got up that way by 86 or so. I may be wrong but New York New York may have had another branch around town?

    Never knew there was another branch anywhere other than Henry street.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,293 ✭✭✭✭Mint Sauce


    Duff wrote: »
    The Four Lanterns in Dundalk was the place to be when I was a kid. Best drumsticks ever.

    Always wondered was the Four Lanterns in Dundalk, anything to do with the Four Lanterns in Sligo/Donegal Town/Letterkenny/Buncrana.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,161 ✭✭✭✭Grandeeod


    Red Kev wrote: »
    Yeah, but they got rightly shafted back in the day when Hayley's opened on O'Connell St. 4 Lights had no seating, but they did do pizza which was a novelty then.



    Are you Ray D'Arcy by any chance? :)



    This is from 1971, I used to love Caffola's.

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    Cafolla's demolished and rebuilt as another Irish legend - BURGERLAND! My parents often talked about Cafolla's each and everytime we visted Burgerland in O'Connell Street. Cafolla's literally closed and got rebuilt a mere few years befor I was old enough to munch on a burger.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,161 ✭✭✭✭Grandeeod


    I loved Metro Burger, at the side of the old Screen cinema. The sign is still there.


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    I remember when it opened! The Screen was then called the Metropole, hence the name "Metro" burger. The cinema was struggling and sold off part of the premises. Sadly the cinema closed for good not so long ago.

    The bus to Rathfarnham and beyond started there at one point.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 12,748 Mod ✭✭✭✭JupiterKid


    And so, bumping this thread as this week marks the 50th anniversary of the first KFC opening in Ireland, at the then new Phibsboro shopping Centre.

    McDonalds opened their first Irish restaurant on Grafton Street almost 45 years ago on 2nd May 1977. Burger King on upper Grafton Street marked 40 years in operation last October.

    Who would have imagined back in the early 1970s that fast food would explode in popularity here in the following decades?


    Ireland’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet, Phibsboro, 1972


    Hamburger chain Wendys will be opening in Dublin later in 2022, marking the second time it has come to Ireland. The first Wendy’s on Bachelors Walk in Dublin 1 opened way back in 1982 but only lasted about 18 months.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,806 ✭✭✭Greyfox


    Of course it is, people who don't eat fast food are weird. McDonald's are only ok but the big mac is much nicer than the whopper



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,045 ✭✭✭silver2020


    You are about to start a war! 😀😀 Move over Russia - Big Mac v Whopper is now on



  • Registered Users Posts: 18,067 ✭✭✭✭fryup


    an as a result we've got fatter and fatter, if only they were around during the famine😐️



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,022 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa




  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭Gant21


    I see new Supermacs is flat out every day and evening. Good to see parents looking after their childrens diet.



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,858 ✭✭✭growleaves


    I think it's clear now that it was a mistake.

    The obesity epidemic, which I didn't give much thought to until recently, has created a society of "immunocompromised".

    It appears fast food destroys people's health for convenience and temporary pleasure.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭Gant21


    There needs to be a conversation about this in the dail.

    legislation needs to be brought in so parents can only eat fast food and their children once every two weeks.

    Eating fast food every day and then getting Chinese on a Saturday night as a treat is a joke.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,047 ✭✭✭OU812


    There was a Pizza Hut at the opposite end of that strip by the late 70s, probably the first one in Ireland.


    have you any more info in the Wendy’s opening? Their burgers are great (not frozen)



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,067 ✭✭✭RoryMurphyJnr


    Mr Burger on O'Connell Street ftw



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,379 ✭✭✭corner of hells


    Obesity epidemic , pfft , I'd like to draw your atten.... oh doorbell , that's my pizza delivery.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,394 ✭✭✭Ray Palmer


    Are you sure about KFC? I vaguely recall they weren't actually a proper franchise and a copy cat



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