Arby's is the place for people hungering for a unique, better tasting alternative to traditional fast food. It's the favorite place for people who crave something different and better. Serving one-of-a-kind menu items, Arby's is well known for slow-roasted and freshly sliced roast beef sandwiches and famous Market Fresh® sandwiches, wraps and salads, made with wholesome ingredients and served with the convenience of a drive-thru.
From day one, Arby's Roast Beef Restaurants offered an innovative menu, offering guests something other than hamburgers in the newly inspired quick service segment. When foodservice veterans Leroy and Forrest Raffel opened the first Arby's in Boardman, Ohio on July 23, 1964, customers enjoyed roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and Texas-sized iced teas. To name their new venture, the brothers decided on Arby's, which stands for R.B., the initials of the Raffel Brothers - although many suspect the R.B. stands for roast beef.
Leroy and Forrest never looked back. They fine tuned the operation and sold the first franchise to Sam Feldman the following year. Today, Arby's rich heritage is comprised of several multi-generation franchise owners. In fact, Jim Raffel, founder Leroy's son, owns and operates three locations in Maine.