Inventor of Big Mac, Jim Delligatti Dies at Age 98

Inventor of Big Mac, Jim Delligatti Dies at Age 98

The Pittsburgh-area McDonald’s franchisee who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago has died. Michael “Jim” Delligatti was 98.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Kerry Ford confirmed that Delligatti died at home surrounded by his family on Monday night.

Delligatti’s franchise was based in Uniontown, about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh, when he invented the chain’s signature burger with two all-beef patties, “special sauce,” lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Kerry Ford confirmed that Delligatti died at home surrounded by his family on Monday night.

He opened his first McDonald’s restaurant in 1957 and went on to spread the brand across Pennsylvania and beyond.

Delegatti was also instrumental in coming up with the breakfast menu.

He is said to have created the Hotcakes and Sausage breakfast meal to feed the state’s steelworkers at the end of their night shift.

“Jim was a legendary franchisee within McDonald’s system who made a lasting impression on our brand,” McDonald’s said in a statement announcing his passing.

“We will remember Jim as an insightful franchisee, a knowledgeable businessman, and an honorable gentleman who left a legacy of four generations of family members running great restaurants in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.”

McDonald’s recently teamed up teamed up with Canadian airline WestJet to offer air passengers their goods at 50,000ft.

But the Big Mac and fellow fast foot staples won’t be on offer — with attendants instead dishing out the brand’s McCafe range of coffee and pastries.

Delligatti told The Associated Press in 2006 that Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s resisted the idea at first because its simple lineup of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and shakes were selling well.

But Delligatti wanted to offer a bigger burger and it went over so well it spread to the rest of Delligatti’s 47 stores, then went national in 1968.

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