R.I.P. Big Mac cre­ator

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

The McDon­ald’s fran­chisee who cre­ated the Big Mac ham­burger nearly 50 years ago died this week. Michael “Jim” Del­li­gatti, who lived in Pitts­burgh, was 98. Del­li­gatti cre­ated the ham­burger for one his Union­town, Pa., fran­chise stores in the 1960s, with its iconic two all-beef pat­ties, spe­cial sauce, let­tuce, cheese, pick­les, onions on a se­same seed bun. While ini­tially re­sisted by McDon­ald’s, which at the time re­lied on a sim­ple menu of burg­ers, fries and shakes, the com­pany took the Big Mac na­tional in 1968.

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