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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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.
Yes the economy hurt, but not changing the menu with the change in the public's taste hurt more. Other than the yogurt place, most suffer from too much salt in the food, too much fat, frozen entrees from some big warehouse, heated but not cooked, on site, limp salads, packaged salad dressings with too much salt (and MSG in some), and unreasonably large portions of starches. Not on your list, but Friendly's, a northeastern chain, which I loved, never changed the menu much and had a management policy that kept everyone totally busy at all times so that at normal meal times the service was incredibly slow. Denny's suffers from the same thinking and will probably be on the list next year along with IHOP. Bigger (in terms of number of stores) is not necessarily better.
NOT SURPRISED ABOUT BLIMPIE'S. THE LAST SANDWICH I BOUGHT THERE 20 YEARS AGO THE SLICE OF MEAT WAS AS THIN AS THE LETTUCE.
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