Forrest Bernard “Fuzzy” Raffel

Forrest Bernard “Fuzzy” Raffel

Birth
Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA
Death 19 Sep 2008 (aged 86)
North Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Doral, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Plot Mount Moriah, Division H, Row 1, Grave 10
Memorial ID 175456106 · View Source
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Restaurant executive, businessman. Co-founder, with his younger brother Leroy Raffel, of the Arby's fast food chain. They opened their first Arby's location in Boardman, Ohio, on July 23, 1964, at the intersection of Market Street and Route 224. The restaurant featured a beef roast on a rotisserie in a glass case, held ten seats, and customers paid 69 cents for a 1/4 pound roast beef sandwich, chips and a drink. The brothers originally wanted to call their franchise Big Tex, but another local businessman already held the name and refused to relinquish it. They then settled on the name RB--which stood for Raffel Brothers--but also roast beef. Soon the name was modified to Arby's. The brothers were able to keep the ten gallon cowboy hat logo. At the time of Forrest's passing, the Arby's franchise had grown to 3,735 restaurants in 48 states and four foreign countries. The original restaurant in Boardman still stands, but is now known as the Wild Birds Unlimited store.


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  • Created by: James Lacy
  • Added: 17 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175456106
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Forrest Bernard “Fuzzy” Raffel (14 May 1922–19 Sep 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175456106, citing Lakeside Memorial Park, Doral, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by James Lacy (contributor 46552116) .