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Louis' Lunch


Source:America's Library
Level: Pre-Intermediate

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Where do you think the first hamburgers were served?

Do you know why they were created?

Louis' Lunch

Do you love hamburgers? Do you know how they were created?

The first hamburgers in U.S. history were served in New Haven, Connecticut, at Louis' Lunch sandwich shop in 1895. Louis Lassen, founder of Louis' Lunch, ran a small lunch wagon selling steak sandwiches to local factory workers. Because he didn't like to waste the excess beef from his daily lunch rush, he ground it up, grilled it, and served it between two slices of bread -- and America's first hamburger was created.

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Post-Reading Questions

  1. Why did Louis Lassen start making hamburgers?

  2. Which garnish is not available for customers to choose from at Louis' Lunch?
    a. cheese
    b. tomato
    c. mustard
    d. onion

  3. How many generations of Lassens have been in this business?

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