Launched: 1954 In its heyday: Think McDonald's invented kids meals? Nope. Burger Chef unveiled its Funmeal first as well as the Works Bar, fast food's first fixings bar. From its start in Indianapolis, Burger Chef swelled to 2,400 restaurants by 1970, thanks in part to mascots Burger Chef and Jeff. Now: The last Burger Chef closed in 1996. Hardee's acquired Burger Chef in the early 1980s "as more of a real estate play," Thomann says.