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 Arbys Sign

What is that sign — Hat, side of beef or oven mitt?  We’ll tell you in a moment. But first, a little background to explain…

The History of Arby’s

In 1949 a young fellow in Youngstown, Ohio named Forrest Raffel teamed up with his even younger brother named Leroy to buy out their uncle’s restaurant equipment business.

While working on designing and building other restaurants the brothers saw a need in the market for an upscale, non-hamburger fast food chain. They figured also that roasted beef sandwiches would a good thing to sell in their new restaurant.

For a name they took the first two letters of Raffel Brothers (RB) to and came up with Arby’s.

The First Arby’s Roast Beef

The first Arby’s opened in 1964 in Boardman, Ohio. This first restaurant had a “chuckwagon-style” design with a natural wood and stone decor and a giant 10-gallon hat for a sign.

Yes, it is a hat. 😉

On the original menu was their roast beef sandwiches for 69 cents, potato chips and iced tea.

Arby’s was an almost immediate success despite charging quite a bit more than other fast food restaurants at the time and within a year of opening the brothers franchised their first operation.

Arby’s Today

Royal Crown Cola (RC) Company of Atlanta, Georgia, purchased the Arby’s business in 1976 and started expanding overseas with the first Arby’s opening in Tokyo in 1981.

Today, there are more than 3,400 Arby’s restaurants worldwide.

Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwiches Recipe


Makes about 8 sandwiches

  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) Roast Beef
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 envelope Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder, or to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 8 Onion Hamburger Buns (or regular Hamburger Buns if you prefer)


  1. Place roast in crock pot.
  2. Stir remaining ingredients (except the buns, of course) together and pour over roast.
  3. Cook for 8-10 hours stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve on buns.

Don’t forget the Arby’s Horsey Sauce for your Roast Beef Sandwiches.  CLICK HERE for the Recipe.

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