How Was "Arby's" Named?
Arby's was founded by brothers Forrest and Leroy Raffel who were determined to open a fast food franchise based on something other than hamburgers. The name Arby's came as a result of the brothers' inability to use their preferred name of "Big Tex" that was being used by an Akron businessman. They eventually decided on Arby's, based on R.B., the initials of Raffel Brothers.  They opened their first restaurant in Boardman, Ohio just outside of Youngstown on July 23, 1964, where they initially served only roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and beverages. A year later, the first Arby's licensee opened a restaurant in Akron, Ohio. Expansion to other states began in 1968. As of 2004, there are over 3400 restaurants worldwide.
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