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John Galardi dies at 75; founder of Der Wienerschnitzel
John Galardi dies at 75; founder of Der Wienerschnitzel

When John Galardi saw a man hosing down the parking lot of a modest Mexican restaurant in Pasadena, he asked for work. Galardi was young and broke, a college student freshly arrived from Missouri and looking for anything to help him scrape by. It turned out that he asked the right man. Glen Bell Jr. was a young up-and-comer who liked the spark he saw in Galardi and mentored him for a few years while starting his eponymous chain, Taco Bell. Galardi, who was just another 19-year-old looking for a part-time job, went on to build his own fast-food empire, beginning in 1961 with an A-frame restaurant that he called, against his better judgment, Der Wienerschnitzel. Galardi, the entrepreneur...

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