America’s restaurants are making headlines across the country. Below are some recent stories about the benefits of restaurants to our nation. 

American success story: Freda Thornton owns five McDonald's franchises

  ·  Randy Hallman, Richmond Times-Dispatch   ·   Link to Article

When she got her first job at McDonald’s in 1979 as part of the crew in a restaurant on Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, it wasn’t anything close to what Freda Thornton wanted to do.

“I wanted to be a nurse,” she said. “I lost my mom at a young age, and I wanted to help people that way.”

She was the young wife of a serviceman, and “I had just come to Newport News, and I needed a job. I figured I’d stick it out for eight weeks.