When John Galardi opened his restaurant Der Wienerschnitzel in 1961, it's doubtful he imagined his bun-bound eatery would eventually drop the "Der" and expand to quell stomach rumbles across more than 300 locations in 10 states. What the classic fast-food empire lacks in prefixes, it makes up for with a menu of hot dogs and hamburgers slathered with chili, cheese, sauerkraut, and other toppings. Ice-cream confections from Tastee Freez, such as soft-serve cones and ice-cream floats, top off meals with a touch of sweet.
Each Wienerschnitzel location harkens back to the restaurant's Germanic roots with Gothic fonts and festive decorative accents such as yellow-and-red awnings. Mobile outposts known as Wiener Wagons cater large parties and special events such as corporate luncheons and sauerkraut cook-offs' jury deliberations.