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Illinois Couple Named ‘Burger’ and ‘King’ Get Hitched at Burger King

Illinois Couple Named ‘Burger’ and ‘King’ Get Hitched at Burger King

The childhood sweethearts have tied the Burger-King knot and are now the Burgers

Joel Burger and Ashley King got married on July 17 at a Burger King in Illinois.

The Burger King couple we previously reported on back in April have gotten married, in what everyone is calling a Whopper of a wedding.

Joel Burger, 24, and Ashley King, 25, are childhood sweethearts from Illinois. They tied the knot at a Burger King on July 17, according to ABC 7online.

It was a casual but festive affair with a Whopper theme, naturally. The bride, groom, and wedding party wore Burger King paper crowns, and the groomsmen wore Burger King T-shirts under their suits.

As if that weren’t enough, Burger King took care of the whole wedding bill. “When we heard about the happy Burger-King couple, we felt an overwhelming urge to celebrate their upcoming marriage,” a spokesman from Burger King told the New York Daily News.

Ashley has changed her last name to Burger, but, as her husband put it after the ceremony, “It will forever be Burger King.”

Check out the video of a Burger King representative telling the couple that they will pay for the wedding:

The First 10 Burger Kings in Miami

The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL, opened on December 4th, 1954, at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot the #1 was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.

Of the original 10 Burger King locations in Miami, seven are still operational in the same spot where they opened in the 1950s. The building’s structures, however, are not the same.

If you’d like to see a 1950s Burger King structure that is pretty much intact you would need to visit La Palma restaurant.

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Happily ever after in the Prairie State? Experts examine Illinois’ low divorce rates

A person places a ring on another person’s finger. Illinois is one of the states with the lowest divorce rates, with around 6.6 percent of marriages ending in divorce.

Eva Herscowitz, Reporter
February 25, 2020

Illinois may boast some of the lowest divorce rates in the nation, but think twice before you dub the state a lover’s paradise.

In Illinois, 6.6 percent of marriages end in divorce, according to 2018 United States Census Bureau data. Other states with notably low divorce rates include Hawaii, New York and Vermont. Arkansas tops the list as the divorce capital of the nation, with the state home to 17.14 divorced people per 1,000 married individuals.

Nationwide, it seems love isn’t everlasting: couples marrying for the first time in the United States have an approximately 50 percent chance of divorcing. Overall rates paint a slightly more promising picture, with the percent of divorced American couples hovering around 16 percent.

Joshua Stern, a founder and managing partner of the Illinois-based divorce and family law firm Stern Perkoski, said a couple’s decision to stay together often comes down to cost. In Illinois, divorce can come with a hefty price tag — according to the Berry K. Tucker & Associates, Ltd. website, Illinois ranks among the top ten states with the priciest divorce fees, which the Chicago-based family law firm estimates amount to around $13,800.

Accounting for factors like child custody and support, alimony, and property division, divorce fees can total upwards of $35,000. Financial problems are the primary contributing factor in 36.1 percent of divorces, according to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

“People think a lot about the cash flow and when and where they’re going to see the kids,” Stern said. “Inevitably, if you get divorced, you’re now taking two incomes that are supporting one household and asking them to support two households. Usually, people see a drop in their available cash flow.”

Victoria Baum, a marriage and relationship counselor who formerly practiced in Evanston, said “there’s no simple answer” to explain the state’s low divorce rate. The popularity of cohabitation — an arrangement in which an unmarried, romantically-involved couple lives together — may deflate Illinois’ divorce rate. In the state, less than 65 percent of people older than 15 years old are married, according to 2017 American Community Survey estimates.

The age at which couples marry and have children may also explain their marriages’ longevity. In Illinois, men get married at an average age of 30, and most women tie the knot at around 29. Twenty years ago, the average man found himself hitched at 26.8, and the average woman at 25.1.

Maturity may play a role: Couples who marry and have children later in life tend to be more financially secure, and, as a result, bicker far less about money matters, according to Spring Tree Counseling licensed marriage and family therapist Farrah Walker.

“Older couples have had that time to develop a shared idea of what they want their marriage to look like,” Walker said. “Having kids automatically creates strain on relationships it’s less strenuous when your relationship has had longer to develop. You’re getting married older in a different stage of life. You had time to develop some of those habits in a relationship prior to having kids.”

Aside from delaying the big day or choosing to forgo it altogether, what else can couples do to ensure nothing but death does them part? Evanston-based licensed marriage and family therapist Tom Hammerman said long-lasting marriages are often characterized by open communication, which couples therapy can facilitate.

Hammerman said couples considering divorce should first pursue marriage counseling.

“The role of couples therapy is that I get people to be able to have conversations in a way they’re not able to do on their own,” Hammerman said. “How people talk in relationships and how they communicate with each other makes a huge difference.”

Still, there’s no guarantee Illinois couples are certain to live happily ever after. Understanding the Prairie State’s low divorce rate comes down to “sociological, not psychological” factors, Baum said.

Ultimately, chalking up the low rates to marital harmony is “a case,” Baum said, “of rose-colored glasses.”

These Are the Craziest Milkshakes in Every State

Milkshakes are one of the greatest creations of all time. There&rsquos just nothing better than sipping on a cold one after eating a greasy burger (or, let&rsquos be real, anything). Classic vanilla and chocolate ones are great, but there are so many other flavors you&rsquove gotta try. Here&rsquos a look at the most out-of-this-world milkshake in every state.

K & J&rsquos Elegant Pastries in Alabaster, Alabama, will have you drooling over this salted caramel milkshake.

Snow City Café in Anchorage, Alaska, might just be on to something. This shake is made with vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream and a Peep. YUM!

Aside from the Insta-worthy burgers, Stray Dogs Grill in Tucson, Arizona, also has the perfect shakes to go along with your meal. The Ice Cream Social is made with strawberry ice cream and an ice cream sandwich (half cookie, half brownie) rolled in chocolate chips. It&rsquos topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry, and the glass is decorated in Fruity Pebbles!

Illinois Couple Named ‘Burger’ and ‘King’ Get Hitched at Burger King - Recipes

The Sandwich:

The fish here is touted as �% Wild-Caught Alaska Pollock.” The fish is then panko encrusted and fried to a nice crispiness. The bun is a standard warmed bun. A little bit of lettuce goes on the hot filet and the tartar is squeezed on top of that lettuce.

Bottom Line:

The pollack is fried well — you actually know you’re eating fish here. The bun is a standard Jack in the Box offering, which isn’t bad but it’s not great either. The tartar is more mayo-forward than tangy. The lettuce tends to be very wilted, especially if it’s past midnight and the line cooks have stopped giving a shit behind the scenes.

8. Burger King Big Fish

The Sandwich:

The fish is 100 percent White Alaskan pollock that’s coated in panko bread crumbs. The bun is a butter-toasted brioche. The tartar sauce is applied to the bottom and top bun with a layer of lettuce and pickle on top of the hot fish filet.

Bottom Line:

There’s nothing wrong with BK’s Big Fish, per se. It has the basic elements in place: crunchy fried white fish, tartar, lettuce, toasted bun. The thing is, it’s just okay. The fish is a bit listless and bland. The crunch of the coating wanes under the almost tasteless bun. The tartar is definitely more mayo than anything else. The lettuce might as well not be there.

All of that being said, the pickles do add a nice touch. Burger King has pretty solid pickles at the end of the day.

7. White Castle Fish Slider

The Sandwich:

These mini fish sandos are simplicity done pretty damn well. The mini filet is Alaskan pollock with a panko breading. The rest is just the iconic White Castle slider bun and a small slice of American cheese. That’s it.

Bottom Line:

These are decent. The slider eschews the lettuce and tartar for a slice of American cheese, which works. The only reason these aren’t ranked higher is that you’re really not getting a whole lot with this mini sandwich. You’re going to need two to four (which we know is the point of White Castle) and that really starts to heighten the ol’ calorie count.

6. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

The Sandwich:

The Filet-O-Fish is a classic example of a fast food fish sandwich. The combination of the steamed bun, tangy tartar, fried fish filet (yes, it’s Alaskan pollock), and a slice of American cheese just works.

Bottom Line:

There’s a softness to the bun that counters to the crunch of the fish coating nicely. The tartar doesn’t overwhelm but is there and is actually tangy. The cheese is the x-factor that adds a nice, gooey touch of savoriness.

We’re adding bonus points for leaving off the wilted lettuce, too.

5. Whataburger Whatacatch Sandwich

The Sandwich:

Yes, we’re including regional shops in this ranking. Starting… now!

The Texan fish sammie has a nice, crispy fish filet (can you guess which kind? It’s Alaskan pollock!). The top bun is covered in mild tartar with lettuce and tomato. The latter adds a nice layer of brightness to the whole fish sandwich concept and helps protect the lettuce from the heat of the filet.

Bottom Line:

More fish sandwiches should have tomato. Still, this is pretty lightweight with a decent tang to the tartar. The best aspect is the larger format fried fish filet that gives you more fish than bread. Well done, Whataburger.

4. Long John Silver Pacific Cod

The Sandwich:

Gasp! This is made from North Pacific Cod! We’re also getting close to sub territory with a long-format bun sandwiching beer-battered fish, pickle, and tartar.

Bottom Line:

It was hard not ranking this sandwich higher. The beer-battered fish filet really works in this sandwich. The addition of crunchy pickles adds that extra oomph that elevates the whole dish. LJS’s tartar has a great tang that feels like rich mayo by way of a ripe lemon.

Overall, this one is a winner. In fact, if this had a slice of American cheese, it might have been number one.

3. Captain D’s Giant Fish Sandwich

The Sandwich:

Okay, we’re hitting the big ones now. Tennessee’s Captain D’s makes a hell of a fish sammie. This is two whole pieces of their beer-battered dipped fried cod on a nice toasted bun with a little lettuce on top and plenty of rich tartar sauce on the top and bottom bun.

Bottom Line:

Let’s face it, we’re always looking for that extra dipping cup of tartar and Captain D’s delivers with sauce all around the fish. Plus, this fish is truly lush and fresh with a great crunch factor. The lettuce is applied late and with a light hand, so it doesn’t really have a chance to wilt and turn to mush.

2. Culver’s North Atlantic Cod Sandwich

The Sandwich:

Midwest mainstay, Culver’s, really kills the fish sandwich game. The bun is a hoagie roll which has a nice heft to it. The North Atlantic cod is beer-battered and fried well. Then there’s shredded American cheese (nice!), a touch of lettuce, and plenty of tartar on the bottom bun.

Bottom Line:

Their beer-battered cod is just well done all around with crunch and seasoning. That shredded American cheese under the fish filet gets a little melty and adds a nice x-factor to the whole sandwich. The lettuce is on the bottom but is protected (generally) by the layer of melting cheese. The tartar has a nice tang of lemon, pickle, and rich mayo.

If you’re near a Culver’s, don’t sleep on this sandwich.

1. Ivar’s Fish Sandwich

Price: $6.55 (with fries)

The Sandwich:

The wild-caught Pacific True Cod is the centerpiece of this sandwich. It’s panko-crusted and sandwiched in a hefty brioche bun. The filet rests on tomato slices which protect the lettuce underneath. Ivar’s signature tartar sauce is slathered on the bottom bun.

Bottom Line:

Seattle’s Ivar’s has a fish sandwich that is leaps and bounds above all others. First, there’s the bread. It has a hefty while actually tasting like bread and not just something out of an industrial plastic bag.

The overall sandwich combines everything we like in a fried fish sandwich: Cod instead of pollock, a filet that’s bigger than the bun, really good tartar, and tomato to brighten the whole experience. It doesn’t have the American cheese but doesn’t need it to take home the win!



Bennigan's got its start in Atlanta in 1976, but by the early '80s, they were everywhere. Bennigan's was fast becoming one of the most successful mid-range casual dining chains in America. Whether you were into their delicious cheesy potato skins or the iconic Irish Tower O'Rings, Bennigan's was a hit in the 1980s.

But then, things took a turn. In the early 1990s, Bennigan's was sold to Metromedia Restaurant Group. With increased competition and not enough to distinguish Bennigan's from the likes of Chili's and T.G.I. Friday's, the chain fell behind. Many weren't surprised when Metromedia filed for bankruptcy in 2008. "Bennigan's was the weakest of the major players," one analyst told the Associated Press at the time.

Bennigan's 200 nationwide locations shuttered their doors a decade ago, but the new owners now run a much smaller-scale operation out of Dallas, Texas, and the menu does include the Irish pub-inspired items you loved in the 1980s.

If you were around in the early '80s, you might remember Lum's for its signature beer-steamed hot dogs, and if you weren't a hot dog person, there was always the beloved Ollieburger.

The chain began in the mid-1950s in Miami but grew to be a nationwide phenomenon, with more than 400 restaurants in the 1970s at the height of its success.

In 1982, a few years after being bought by a Swiss holding company, the chain overextended in its franchising efforts and filed for bankruptcy. The original Lum's storefront closed its doors in 1983. And though there was a sole storefront holding on for dear life in Nebraska, it too closed in 2017. But if you'd kill for an Ollieburger, check out this copycat recipe to satisfy your craving.


Kroc was born on October 5, 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois, near Chicago, to Czech-American parents, Rose Mary [née Hrach] (1881–1959) and Alois "Louis" Kroc (1879–1937). [6] [7] Alois was born in Horní Stupno [cs] , part of Břasy near Rokycany. [8] Rose's father Vojtěch was from Ševětín and her maternal grandfather Josef Kotilínek was from Bořice. [9] [10] After immigrating to America, Alois made a fortune speculating on land during the 1920s, only to lose everything with the stock market crash in 1929. [11] He subsequently took as a job as a superintendent. [ citation needed ]

Ray Kroc grew up and spent most of his life in Oak Park. During World War I, he lied about his age and became a Red Cross ambulance driver at the age of 15 years old, unknowingly alongside Walt Disney. [12] The war, however, ended shortly after he enlisted. During the Great Depression, Kroc worked a variety of jobs selling paper cups, as a real estate agent in Florida, and sometimes playing the piano in bands. [13]

After World War II, Kroc found employment as a milkshake mixer salesman for the foodservice equipment manufacturer Prince Castle. [14] When Prince Castle Multi-Mixer sales plummeted because of competition from lower-priced Hamilton Beach products, Kroc was impressed by Richard and Maurice McDonald who had purchased eight of his Multi-Mixers for their San Bernardino, California restaurant, and visited them in 1954. [ citation needed ]

In 1955, Kroc opened the first McDonald's franchised under his partnership with the McDonald brothers in Des Plaines, Illinois. The restaurant was demolished in 1985. Recognizing its historic and nostalgic value, in 1990 the McDonald's Corporation acquired the stand and rehabilitated it to a modern but nearly original condition, and then built an adjacent museum and gift shop to commemorate the site called McDonald's #1 Store Museum. The museum closed in 2018. [ citation needed ]

After finalizing the franchise agreement with the McDonald brothers, Kroc sent a letter to Walt Disney. They had met as ambulance attendant trainees at Old Greenwich, Connecticut during World War I. Kroc wrote, "I have very recently taken over the national franchise of the McDonald's system. I would like to inquire if there may be an opportunity for a McDonald's in your Disney Development". According to one account, Disney agreed but with a stipulation to increase the price of fries from ten cents to fifteen cents, allowing himself the profit. Kroc refused to gouge his loyal customers, leaving Disneyland to open without a McDonald's restaurant. Writer Eric Schlosser, writing in his book Fast Food Nation, believes that this is a doctored retelling of the transaction by some McDonald's marketing executives. Most probably, the proposal was returned without approval. [15]

Kroc has been credited with making a number of innovative changes in the food-service franchise model. Chief among them was the sale of only single-store franchises instead of selling larger, territorial franchises which was common in the industry at the time. Kroc recognized that the sale of exclusive licenses for large markets was the quickest way for a franchisor to make money, but he also saw in the practice a loss in the franchisor's ability to exert control over the course and direction of a chain's development. Above all else, and in keeping with contractual obligations with the McDonald brothers, Kroc wanted uniformity in service and quality among all of the McDonald's locations. Without the ability to influence franchisees, Kroc knew that it would be difficult to achieve that goal. By granting a franchisee the right to only one store location at a time, Kroc retained for the franchise some measure of control over the franchisee (or at least those desiring to someday own the rights to another store). [16]

Kroc's policies for McDonald's included establishing locations only in suburban areas, not in downtowns since poor people might eat in them after the main business hours were over. Restaurants were to be kept properly sanitized at all times, and the staff must be clean, properly groomed and polite to children. The food was to be of a strictly fixed, standardized content and restaurants were not allowed to deviate from specifications in any way. There was to be no waste of anything, Kroc insisted every condiment container was to be scraped completely clean. No cigarette machines or pinball games were allowed in any McDonald's. [17]

During the 1960s, a wave of new fast food chains appeared that copied McDonald's model, including Burger King, Burger Chef, Arby's, KFC, and Hardee's. Kroc became frustrated with the McDonald brothers' desire to maintain a small number of restaurants. The brothers also consistently told Kroc he could not make changes to things such as the original blueprint, but despite Kroc's pleas, the brothers never sent any formal letters that legally allowed the changes in the chain. In 1961, he bought the company for $2.7 million, calculated so as to ensure each brother received $1 million after taxes. Obtaining the funds for the buyout was difficult due to existing debt from expansion. However, Harry Sonneborn, whom Kroc referred to as his "financial wizard", was able to raise the required funds. [18]

At the closing, Kroc became annoyed that the brothers would not transfer to him the real estate and rights to the original San Bernardino location. The brothers had told Kroc they were giving the operation, property and all, to the founding employees. In his anger, Kroc later opened a new McDonald's restaurant near the original McDonald's, which had been renamed "The Big M" because the brothers had neglected to retain rights to the name. "The Big M" closed six years later. [19] It is alleged that as part of the buyout Kroc promised, based on a handshake agreement, to continue the annual 1% royalty of the original agreement, but there is no evidence of this beyond a claim by a nephew of the McDonald brothers. Neither of the brothers publicly expressed disappointment over the deal. Speaking to someone about the buyout, Richard McDonald reportedly said that he had no regrets. [20]

Kroc maintained the assembly line "Speedee Service System" for hamburger preparation that was introduced by the McDonald brothers in 1948. He standardized operations, ensuring every burger would taste the same in every restaurant. He set strict rules for franchisees on how the food was to be made, portion sizes, cooking methods and times, and packaging. Kroc also rejected cost-cutting measures like using soybean filler in the hamburger patties. These strict rules also were applied to customer service standards with such mandates that money be refunded to clients whose orders were not correct or to customers who had to wait more than five minutes for their food.

By the time of Kroc's death, the chain had 7,500 outlets in the United States and in 31 other countries and territories. [21] The total system-wide sales of its restaurants were more than $8 billion in 1983, and his personal fortune amounted to some $600 million. [4]

Kroc retired from running McDonald's in 1974. While he was looking for new challenges, he decided to get back into baseball, his lifelong favorite sport, when he learned that the San Diego Padres were for sale. The team had been conditionally sold to Joseph Danzansky, a Washington, D.C. grocery-chain owner, who planned to move the Padres to Washington. [22] However, the sale was tied up in lawsuits when Kroc purchased the team for $12 million, keeping the team in San Diego. [23] [24] In Kroc's first year of ownership in 1974, the Padres lost 102 games, yet drew over one million in attendance, the standard of box office success in the major leagues during that era. Their previous top attendance was 644,772 in 1972. [23] The San Diego Union said Kroc was "above all, a fan of his team". [24]

On April 9, 1974, while the Padres were on the brink of losing a 9–5 decision to the Houston Astros in the season opener at San Diego Stadium, Kroc took the public address microphone in front of 39,083 fans. "I've never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life," he said. The crowd cheered in approval. [24] [25] In 1979, Kroc's public interest in future free agent players Graig Nettles and Joe Morgan drew a $100,000 fine from Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Frustrated with the team, he handed over operations of the team to his son-in-law, Ballard Smith. "There's more future in hamburgers than baseball," Kroc said. [26]

After his death, the Padres in 1984 wore a special patch with Kroc's initials, RAK. [27] They won the NL pennant that year and played in the 1984 World Series. Kroc was inducted posthumously as part of the inaugural class of the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame in 1999. [28]

The Kroc Foundation supported research, treatment and education about various medical conditions, such as alcoholism, diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis. It is best known for establishing the Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit organization that provides free housing for parents close to medical facilities where their children are receiving treatment. [4] [29]

In 1973, Kroc received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement. [30]

A lifelong Republican, Kroc believed firmly in self-reliance and staunchly opposed government welfare and the New Deal. Kroc donated $255,000 to Richard Nixon's reelection campaign in 1972, and was controversially accused by some, notably Senator Harrison Williams, of making the donation to influence Nixon to veto a minimum wage bill making its way through Congress. [31]

In 1980, following a stroke, Kroc entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility. [32] He died four years later of heart failure at a hospital in San Diego, California, on January 14, 1984, at the age of 81, [4] and was buried at the El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley, San Diego. [11]

Kroc's first two marriages to Ethel Fleming (1922–1961) and Jane Dobbins Green (1963–1968) ended in divorce. His third wife, Joan Kroc, was a philanthropist who significantly increased her charitable contributions after Kroc's death. She donated to a variety of causes that interested her, such as the promotion of peace and nuclear nonproliferation. [29] Upon her death in 2003, her remaining $2.7 billion estate was distributed among a number of nonprofit organizations, including $1.5 billion donation to The Salvation Army to build 26 Kroc Centers, along with a $200 million donation to National Public Radio as she believed deeply in the power of public radio. [2] [33] In addition to that, she also donated to community centers serving underserved neighborhoods, throughout the country. [34]

Kroc's acquisition of the McDonald's franchise as well as his "Kroc-style" business tactics are the subject of Mark Knopfler's 2004 song "Boom, Like That". [35] [36]

Kroc co-authored the book Grinding It Out, first published in 1977 and reissued in 2016 it served as the basis for a biographical movie about Kroc. [37]

Michael Keaton portrayed Kroc in the 2016 John Lee Hancock film The Founder. The film's depiction of Kroc's franchise development, nationwide expansion, and ultimate acquisition of McDonald's, offered a critical view of his treatment of the founding McDonald brothers. [38]

Kroc is featured in the documentary series The Food That Built America on History. [39]

Kroc is featured in Tim Harford's BBC World Service radio show 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy in the episode, "Fast food franchise", which depicts the boom that his franchisee model provided for the fast food industry. [40]

(Photo: Universal Pictures)

Although the Southern Californian All-American Burger was never more than a regional success, it made its claim to fame when it was featured in the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film's cult following outlived the restaurants, and its final west coast location closed in 2010.

However, East Coast residents may be excited to learn that a Massapequa, Long Island establishment using the same name and logos has been flipping burgers since 1961.