How a Catholic Man Got the Filet-O-Fish on the McDonald’s Menu for Lent

If you’re a good Catholic and you’ve enjoyed the Filet-O-Fish sandwich during Lent over the years, there’s a specific person you need to thank.

A man named Lou Groen opened a McDonald’s in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1959, but he noticed one alarming trend: his sales plummeted on Fridays during Lent. That was because Cincinnati was 87% Catholic at the time, and believers do not eat meat on Fridays during the period of Lent.

Groen wracked his brain and came up with an idea in 1962. A restaurant down the street from his McDonald’s offered…

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