What the San Bernardino McDonald’s museum owner has to say about ‘The Founder’

“Many of our visitors are from other countries, but some of the local visitors come in and talk about their memories of McDonald’s from their youth.”Since the television release of the films teaser trailer in December, the museum has seen a rise in wintertime visitors.“We’ve seen an unusual amount of visitors for this time of year,” Hernandez said. “During the summer time, we get about 50 to 100 visitors a day,” tour guide Marvin Hernandez said. “We usually get most of our guests coming through in the summertime and we’re glad to see anyone who’d like come in and learn the history of this great worldwide chain of restaurants.”

It tells a story of greatness from our city.” SAN BERNARDINO >> It all began as a single hamburger stand in San Bernardino and evolved into the largest worldwide fast-food industry leader.Now a feature film portraying how milkshake-maker salesman Ray Kroc partnered with Dick and Mac McDonald and transformed the lone hamburger stand into a franchising giant is being released on the silver screen bringing San Bernardino back into the spotlight.“This brings the city to the forefront of something positive,” McDonald’s Museum owner and operator Albert Okura said. “We see so much negative news about San Bernardino and this film just brings me joy.

Now, a museum filled with memorabilia from days past sits on the site. Growing up in Los Angeles, Okura didn’t know the San Bernardino natives McDonald brothers who opened their first hamburger stand in the county’s hub city.“As a kid I only knew about Ray Kroc,” he said. “Most people didn’t know anything about the McDonald’s brothers unless you were from San Bernardino.”The movie was filmed primarily in an area of Georgia that resembled what San Bernardino looked like in the 1950s.In 2015 the restaurant chain celebrated its 75th Anniversary, but the original walk-up hamburger stand at 14th and E Streets is no longer around.

“McDonald’s is one of the greatest things to ever come out of San Bernardino.” Okura says the McDonald brothers were pioneers in the industry before selling heir business to Ray Kroc for $2.7 million in 1962. He created the McDonald’s corporation.“The McDonald brothers were the Henry Fords of the restaurant industry and passed the savings on to the customers,” Okura said.