Then and Now: The evolution of 23 fast food logos
The favorite restaurant chains of America may be quick at serving food, but they are more reluctant at change. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Still, some of these joints have been around for decades and they have slowly evolved over the years.
Sometimes, the transformations are extreme. Who remembers Pizza Pete or Taco Bell before it was purple and pink? Being who we are, we prefer the fonts, colors and cartoons of the bygone era. Let's take a look back at how some of the most familiar quick service restaurant brands have changed.
Do you remember these retro logos?
Image: Gregg Koenig / Flickr
The root beer and grub chain also featured the charming cartoon Burger Family — Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen Burger and Baby Burger.
We remember the "T.J." before the Applebee's, but we don't recall the "Rx for edibles & elixers" bit. Sounds more like an apothecary.
See how many of the 31 flavors you can name.
The Florida-born giant began with more of a cartoon look, from its wordmark to the little king.
What a happy little star. He's still jolly, despite losing his feet.
This reminds us of Foghorn Leghorn, whom we'd rather not eat.
Image: Dallas News
More of a sit-down restaurant, Chili's does offer a To-Go. In any case, we wanted to include it. Though it looks printed up at a Kinko's, the original menu features a logo not too far off from the modern era.
We could go for a parfait right about now.
Image: Domino's / Pinterest
The Michigan pizza chain began as Domi-Nick's. The three dots on the domino originally represented the number of locations.
They went from coffee colors to frosting colors.
From super-'50s to super-'70s to… well, Carl's Jr.
Image: Heather David / Flickr
Will children of the future even know what "IHOP" stands for?
Jack in the Box
Of course, there used to be a clown on a spring, as well.
The Colonel always looked like kind of a hipster.
The original name was "Little Caesar's Pizza Treat." They got out of the fish and shrimp game long ago.
Long John Silver's
That looks a bit like Nemo. Aww, why'd you have to make us think of Nemo?
Which was your favorite era? We dig the double arches look. The very first iteration, with the "Famous Barbecue" proclamation, gives some credibility to the McRib.
Pizza Pete looked like a descendent of Little Caesar.
Now that is a cool logo. It looks as if it came right off a guitar amplifier.
It's evolved from Herman Melville to Splash.
New font, same arrows.
We miss the sunset palette, which matched the colors of the tomatoes, cheese and corn. The new color scheme matches a Barbie Dream House.
She's not quite as "Old Fashioned" as she used to be.