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Old 06-28-2019, 01:05 PM   #1
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Remember These Chain Restaurants ? They're Still Hanging On

I have to admit, I thought some of those companies listed here were already out of business.
https://moneywise.com/a/remember-the...in-restaurants
Kenny Rogers Roasters always reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld.
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Old 06-28-2019, 01:22 PM   #2
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The original Quiznos used to toast your sandwich twice. First, toast the naked bread and then heat the ingredients.
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I was just wondering what happened to Quiznos. I probably liked them best of the big chain sub sandwich places.
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The original Quiznos used to toast your sandwich twice. First, toast the naked bread and then heat the ingredients.
Interesting how many chains came from the Denver area:
Quiznos
Smashburger
Noodles
Chipotle
Rock Bottom
Old Chicago
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How about Stuckeys?
They used to be all over the interstate highways, but I haven't seen one in quite a few years.
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When I was a kid, we used to go to Kemp's Hamburgers for their $0.15 hamburgers.
https://i0.wp.com/burlingtonretro.co...0%2C2610&ssl=1

Of course that was back while the Earth was still cooling, so likely nobody remembers them.
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Interesting how many chains came from the Denver area:...
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The food at most of these places sucked.
That HoJo clam roll was not as good as you remember. Local Ground Round used to sell me beer at 17, so they got that going for them though.��
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How about Stuckeys?
They used to be all over the interstate highways, but I haven't seen one in quite a few years.

Stuckey's apparently shrunk down to just a handful of stores in the 80-ies but they are back up to about 200. My DW always points them out when we drive Texas interstates as it reminds her of their road trips as a child back in the 60-ies. Special treat (according to DW): pecan log rolls
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I was just wondering what happened to Quiznos. I probably liked them best of the big chain sub sandwich places.
My neighborhood one went broke, but there are still many, many of them around.
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That HoJo clam roll was not as good as you remember.
When I was young I had a summer job at the last Howard Johnson's that was actually controlled by Howard himself. All the rest were franchised and run by HJ, Jr.

As I recall, there were only two things that stood out for quality at HJ -- the fried clams and the ice cream. Everything else was pretty ordinary institutional food, and some things you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

My favorite example was one of our biggest sellers: ham salad. There was a law at the time that said a minimum of 40% of the meat in ham salad had to be ham. You don't really want to know more than that.
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The mid-west had Little Black Sambo's. Haven't seen that in quite some time. Go figure.....
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The mid-west had Little Black Sambo's. Haven't seen that in quite some time. Go figure.....
Actually that chain started in Santa Barbara and the original is still there as Sambo's and as popular as ever.
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Boston Market was hot for a while, then poof.

Krispy-Kreme opened a couple doughnut shops up here and for about a month the drive-through lines spilled out into the street. Two years later their stores were closed.

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The mid-west had Little Black Sambo's. Haven't seen that in quite some time. Go figure.....
That reminds me of this point we ran across on Highway 61 outside of Natchez: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammy%27s_Cupboard
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Interesting how many chains came from the Denver area:
Quiznos
Smashburger
Noodles
Chipotle
Rock Bottom
Old Chicago
Village Inn
Add Boston Chicken (Boston Market) to the list, although this started in Golden, CO.
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I just looked up Long John Silver's and it's still around
The last time I visited the restaurant was in the 80's in Tucson, AZ. I liked their shrimp salad.
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The mid-west had Little Black Sambo's. Haven't seen that in quite some time. Go figure.....
Just for the record, the chain was called Sambo's (with nothing else added).

Supposedly named after the founders (Sam Battistone Sr. and Newell Bohnett). Story here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambo%27s

Not making a judgement one way or the other, but just setting the record straight.
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Boston Market was hot for a while, then poof.

Krispy-Kreme opened a couple doughnut shops up here and for about a month the drive-through lines spilled out into the street. Two years later their stores were closed.


That reminds me of this point we ran across on Highway 61 outside of Natchez: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammy%27s_Cupboard
Still have a Boston Market near me, but haven't gone in years.
DGF loves Krispy Kreme, but thankfully not one near us. lol
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Two local coffee shop chains that went the wayside in the Phoenix area were Hobo Joe's and Humpty Dumpty's.

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How about Stuckeys?
They used to be all over the interstate highways, but I haven't seen one in quite a few years.
We hadn’t seen one in forever either until we noticed one driving through TN last week. I thought they died a long time ago too, but evidently not https://www.stuckeys.com/find-a-stuc...ssInput=&cat=0
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