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When did blacks become owners of McDonald’s franchises?

The nation’s first black-owned McDonald’s opened in Chicago in 1968, with pioneering businessman Herman Petty as owner. In 2008 this historic building was rebuilt and reopened on its original site, at 65th Street and Stony Island Avenue, and had a grand reopening. Yolanda Travis, owner and operator of the rebuilt structure, said, “Breathing new life into this historic landmark franchise demonstrates McDonald’s commitment to education and employment in our community.”

Entrepreneur Wally “Famous” Amos opened his own gourmet cookie company in 1975. Kellogg’s now owns Famous Amos cookies, and Amos started a new company called The Cookie Man Cookies.


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