10 fading US restaurant chains

These eateries have stumbled over the past decade and may have trouble regaining their footing in a competitive industry.

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Jan 9, 2013 5:48PM
TGIF Fridays should be on the list as well IMHO
Jan 9, 2013 5:18PM
This country needs less restuarants! Stay home and eat!
Jan 9, 2013 4:23PM
I can NOT wait untill Denny's is on this list.
We always had good luck with Big Boy no matter where we were. Bob Evans should have been on the list. I go to local mom and pop places first these days, they usually have the best food and prices.
Jan 9, 2013 11:51AM
i was hoping applebees was on the list. some of the ones that should be there are not. oh well. we live in a big chain society of cut out the local duds.....so sad. money talks and the economic has had a down swing on restaurant local chains who are not with big chains such as chilis an applebees. my favs were bobs big boy and bennigans.  
Jan 9, 2013 11:44AM
i loved bobs big boy...i used to frequent the one in burbank. wow....i would still go there if i lived in cali.
Jan 9, 2013 11:31AM

All chain restaurants need to check out why they are dying. I just spent 3 weeks in the USA after being out of the country for 2.5 years. After living in Europe for a while, I will probably not eat anywhere where leaving a tip for medium to lesser quality service and food. Texas Roadhouse would be my choice for one to die.


At least at Chipotle I did not have to leave a tip. It's not about being cheap, its about being realistic. Realistically I did not have good service anywhere in 3 weeks that could really justify the tips people receive.

Jan 9, 2013 11:29AM
I am distraught over Don Pablo's. Inexpensive, always fresh and good. How can that fail?
Jan 9, 2013 10:16AM

Free market economy at work, people voting with thier diner dollars, there's only so much cholesterol distribution to go 'round

Jan 9, 2013 10:04AM
Having worked in the restaurant industry for about 30 years in mgmt.,
I have worked high volume and low volume concepts... large and small
menus ...but too many chains fail to recognize exactly who they are.
They start out rather small and emphasize quality just to continue to 
expand the menu beyond reasonable control.. !!!  Can't be everything
to all people... !!!!  The labor cost will skyrocket when it becomes too 
intensive in the preparation areas and the execution of meals too 
complicated to guarantee quality.  When cost exceeds the norm for
the concept... they don't always adapt but try to maintain what they
have always been... not the way to stay in business if the market 
changes and demands change.  How many have not adapted to the 
need for more healthy choices on the menu ... and how many of those
are on the list above ...''going out of business...'' !!!!!  

Jan 9, 2013 7:33AM
Wow what harsh words over something so meaningless. I am certainly no idiot and probably earn more in a week than you do in a month.  If you don't like the way the restaurant crooks are treating you then get an education and a real job. 
Jan 9, 2013 3:04AM
Glad LongJohnSilvers isnt on the list yet!
Jan 9, 2013 2:53AM

Big Slim Jim Fry, salad, large Coke! the best!


Jan 9, 2013 2:31AM
Bob's Big Boy was the best and I have driven for hours to get to one.  No other restaurant comes close to Bob's.  It's too bad the fast food junk food dives have pushed them out.  Bob's had quality food and fair prices.   The service was great and it was just a fun place to eat.  So sad it's going away.  Ron
Jan 9, 2013 2:26AM
I was thinking Quiznos will be the first one on the list, the food is good but owners loosing their shirt.
Jan 9, 2013 12:56AM
Technology... automation... the biggest boon to industries in the end is also their very own downfall. The profit on the bottom line isn't always the very best thing for business. The lesser there are people building that product, the lesser people there are buying that product as well. It is karma come full circle not only on industry, but also to all the other business chains that once enjoyed the patronage of the factory workers.
Jan 9, 2013 12:51AM

Wow My pops cruised Big boy in the 40's I cruised it in the 60's and 70's Colorado blvd. Glendale California, use to have a lot of fun with the car-hops good looking babes, Friday night cruising the 40 ford coupe was bad to the bone, while listing to "WOLF MAN JACK"  by big boy see you in the next world.

Nick L.  EHS class of "67"

Jan 9, 2013 12:43AM
I used to work at Hops Grillhouse and Brewery, back in 2007. I've worked there for two years as a dishwasher. I was there, until they closed the doors. The food was ok, but not that great. As of today, I think all of the Hops locations are gone. 
Jan 9, 2013 12:33AM

Wait until next year, I think that the list will double.





Jan 9, 2013 12:13AM

About the only place I ate at, that I might have continued on that list was Benigans.  tbh, the first, Blimpee's...  I live in NJ, why would I care if some half arsed sub shop chain goes out of business, when there's local delis on just about every street corner that serves better hoagies then those?  And all the talk of "real western, blah, blah" with some of those; I lived in Albuquerque for 11 years.  There were local Texas style steak houses that were better then those.  Some of those would pass as the Taco Bell of Mexican food; which when one had more authentic resturants in the New Mexico area, meh


Well here's the deal, and it's several fold:


- People have had to endure cuts in wages and employee benefits.  Outsourcing of jobs for cheap labor, high unemployment, and what new jobs that do get created (not being sufficient to result in not only higher unemployment, but increasing numbers dropping out of the labor market) so people simply have less disposable income


- Prices and inflation have gone up, ESPECIALLY wrt food and gasoline, and we're talking the food industry right here, on the subject of resturants


- Many places weren't as great, and/or customers today prefer alternative options.


Well, welcome to the other side of supply and demand.  You know, the thing that is brought up when people complain about price hikes?  I have little more sympathy for the business chain that goes out of business, because it can't remain competitive in the current market, or continue to attract new customers, then many of these chains have for the American worker.  Well here's my answer in reply to these businesses, welcome to the other side of supply and demand.  Enjoy, because this too is capitalisim at work ;)

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