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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I look up from my desk and out the window a see a Big Boy. Enjoy the lunch there, hope they stick around. Sorry Red Lobster is not on the list. One of the filthiest places I have ever eaten.
I'll be sad to see Big Boy go. I remember my dad taking me there many times for a late-night ice cream sundae run. Not to mention countless dinners there too.
I also feel bad about Ponderosa. That was my favorite restaurant when I was very young. It was a little out my mom's price range so it was a rare treat which made it seem even better. But then they expanded the salad bar a little too much and it eventually became a buffet that was mediocre at best. So athough I miss what it used to be, I think it's time to bow out of what it's become.
I HAVEN'T SEEN A TCBY IN A LONG TIME I HOPE THEY HAVEN'T CLOSED...I LOVE TCBY
In the 50s and 60s, Bob's Big Boy, which featured both inside dining and carside dining was a popular place to go and hang out too. The food was great and I miss the fantastic hamburgers and other classics which they no longer make the same way.
Its faltering because they dropped who they were and became a clone of Denny's, Villiage Inn, Howard Johnson's and the like. We went to one (They call it JB's now) last month and the menu had changed so much it wasn't even recognizable as anything who they were once.
If this chain desires to survive it needs to go back to their roots, and our roots. I'd be the first to drive up and dine outside. Others would show up in their classic low rider or high rider cars.
I would love to see them go back to their roots.
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