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Posted on Mar 6, 2015 |

Meet: The Man Who Invented the Filet-o-Fish

Meet: The Man Who Invented the Filet-o-Fish

Lou Groen in 2006 with symbols of two of his business successes: the Filet-O-Fish sandwich the purchase (with two partners) of the company that makes Stop Sticks and other tire-puncturing devices. Photo by The Cincinnati Business Courier; no ownership implied.

Cincinnati Catholic entrepreneur Lou Groen (1917-2011) invented the Filet-O-Fish sandwich to keep customers from going to Frisch’s on Fridays. Doris Day sang at his wedding, he tended bar for Covington Mafiosi, and created what became a Golden Arches icon. For starters. For more about his fascinating life, see this 2006 article from the Cincinnati Business Courier by Lisa Biank Fasig:

At this time of year, when hundreds of thousands of Americans turn obediently to the fried fish sandwich for their standard Friday fare, Lou Groen has much to be thankful for, and much to desire.

“You’re always coming up here with a bunch of crap!,” [Ray Kroc] told Groen. “I don’t want my stores stunk up with the smell of fish.”

The Cincinnatian invented the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich back in 1961, when he was the area’s first franchisee. In the 45 years that followed, Groen’s Good Friday brainstorm has spanned the globe and made him a rich man, with 43 McDonald’s locations, three homes and the seed money to help acquire a new company — StopTech Ltd., maker of tire-deflating devices.

This alone is the stuff of which many would-be entrepreneurs dream…

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