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Who invented the order ticket used at P.T.’s Grille, Tazy’s and Foster’s Grille?

Ken Little

P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille is the originator of the paper burger order ticket, an owner of one of the area restaurants said.

“We were the first ones in town and we have been here since 1990,” said Joe Pate, owner of the P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille at 2420 S. 17th St., Wilmington [Map this].

Pate said when he began working for P.T. ‘s in 1993, the burger ticket was in use.

“I was a customer before that,” he added.

The rectangular-shaped ticket allows customers to include their names and circle all the items they want on their sandwiches, along with choosing drinks and sides like fries.

The system offers diners a stake in the action, Pate said.

“The customers like being part of the experience,” he said.

P.T.’s Olde Fashioned Grille has four restaurants in Wilmington, one in Leland and one in Chapel Hill.

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4 Responses to “ Who invented the order ticket used at P.T.’s Grille, Tazy’s and Foster’s Grille?”

  1. On December 7, 2010 at 12:53 am Dennis Sullivan wrote:

    Char-Grill in Raleigh has been using them for forty years!

  2. On December 8, 2010 at 12:46 am Wayne wrote:

    Fosters Grill was in business in Virginia at least a couple of years before opening a restaurant in Wilmington, so it would seem that although P.T.’s was using the order tickets in Wilmington before Foster’s, it is highly unlikely Foster’s got the idea from P.T.’s. What I’m pointing out is that it’s very unlikely that P.T.’s actually invented the order form P.T.’s, Tazy’s and Foster’s are using.

  3. On December 11, 2010 at 10:59 am John Burnett wrote:

    I didn’t think was PT’s, I mean, how could it be? PT’s has not been in business that long. So who did they take the idea from?

  4. On December 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm Michael wrote:

    Char-grill – est. 1959
    PTs – est. 1992
    Foster’s Grille – est. 1999

    Foster’s copies PTs, PTs copies,Char-grill and Char-grill copied off the Charcoal Grill. Don’t know if the Charcoal grill had ticket system.

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