In the early 1950s, Col. Harland Sanders was both a victim and a beneficiary of the automobile boom. Since the Depression, Sanders had been serving fried chicken – prepared with a “secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices” – at his gas station and restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky. But the route for the new Interstate 75 was going to bypass his establishment, so the Colonel sold his property and started traveling across the U.S. trying to sell his spice recipe and preparation method. Sanders claimed that frying his chicken in a pressure cooker shortened the preparation time.
The short cooking time would take advantage of the fast food boom. No one bought, until Pete Harman of South Salt Lake, Utah, opened the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in 1952. Today, KFC has 750,000 employees and is the most popular Western fast food chain in China.
Coincidently, Dave Thomas got into the fast food business by franchising several KFC stores in Ohio. He was the one who came up the idea that the chicken should be sold in paper buckets to wick away excess moisture, and he also came up with the rotating bucket-of-chicken advertising sign that, at one time, was outside every KFC.
But in 1969, Thomas wanted to go out on his own, and so he opened the first Wendy’s in Columbus, Ohio. He stressed fresh, rather than frozen, meat served as square patties prepared fresh and served “hot off the grill.” Wendy’s was also the first fast food restaurant to build a drive-through window in 1970. That cut down on labor costs because carhops were no longer needed, and all of the fast food chains built drive-throughs within a few years.
Da Nang is located on the east coast of Vietnam, a thriving seaport midway between capital of Hanoi in the North and Ho Chi Minh city, in the South. The region is renowned for its scenic beauty, with endless stretches of unspoiled sandy beaches, crystal blue seas and luxurious, tropical hinterland. According to US-based Forbes Magazine, Da Nang’s 30km-long beach is among the six most luxurious in the world. It is an ideal destination for tourists to relax with its tropical air, sun and breeze , beautiful long wide sandy beaches, dark blue water and wide roads.
Da Nang is close to three famous historical sites which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritages. They are:
* Hoi An ancient town: 30 km to the south – 25 minutes driving
* Hue, Imperial city: 110 km to the north – 2,5 hours driving
* My Son, ruins from the Cham civilization: 60km to the southwest – 1,5 hours driving.
Da Nang has its own international airport with daily domestic flights to/from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. There are international direct flights from Singapore, Taiwan and Guangzhou (China) and there are plans for future flights from Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Korea.
Danang’s infrastructures have been significantly renovated especially for road system in last few years. The new coastal road linking My Khe Beach (Da Nang) – Non Nuoc Beach (China Beach) – Cua Dai Beach (Hoi An) helps reduce transfer time to 25 minutes only, instead of 45 minutes like before.
Da Nang has become a tourist-potential region. There are many luxury projects being under construction such as the Marble Mountain Beach Resort, Park Hyatt Regency, Raffles Hotel & Residences… Government have been making efforts to develop the area into an ideal destination of relaxation, a Hawai or Bali of Vietnam!