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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man the hambger isen,t wha use to be,and the sub,s arn,t eather aND THE SALID,S TOO
are a dieing breed also.
I worked at and managed a Bob's Big Boy in the 70's & 80's . J.W. Marriott owned the " Bob's"
franchise. (bought the rights in the 60's ). The restuarant chain was awesome but America's
eating habits were changing and coffee shops couldnt compete/adapt. ( i.e. Norm's , Sambos ,
Friendlys , Jo-jo's etc. ) Fast food invariably put the final nail in the coffin regarding profit margin. In fact, fast food joints were to coffee shops as the internet is to current brick n mortar
establishments. Sad , but things change.
I agree, Applebees should be on this list---the food has gone down hill since they opened. Also on my list of crummy restaurants should be Jimmy John's (their sandwiches suck I don't care if they do deliver fast). The problem I see with most restaurants is when they open, they put their best foot forward and make outstanding food. But as time goes on, the quality slips and pretty soon you find yourself saying, "I could make better at home."
In some US city many moons ago, a young mother would drive past a Big Boy restaurant on the way to taking her little kid to the pediatrician. When Little Kid would see that Big Boy sign, Little Kid would start screaming, knowing that a shot/injection was imminent...
That Little Kid was me.
Dining out is a social experince but restaurants have forgotten that. I have dined at most of the restaurants in this article. At least those with a bar. But then, smoking, if only at the bar, was outlawed. So much for my cocktail hour at the bar.
Then, the prices started shooting up. Probabye because without allowing smoking at the bar, liquor sales probably dumped. So, the cocktail prices doubled. So much for drinking in a restaurant bar.
And, a hamburger goes to $10 or $12. You must be kidding.
Then we found out why we thought restaurant food tasted so good. Because it is LOADED with ridiculous amounts of salt, fat and calories. Eating out....not a healthy habit.
Then there is the service, most of which is pathetic. And yet, the lousiest waiter of waitress thinks they should get a 20 or 25% tip.. We are all working for less and we earn more when our work product is exceptional. 15% is my standard for good service. 20% for exceptional service. Most of the time I struggle with 15% because service is barely acceptable on average.
Then Ben Bernanke came along and reduced the income of retired people living on interest income to zero and further undermined the restaurant and travel business for the population most able to spend on food and travel.
Save your money, Save your health. Eat tastier, higher quality food. Light a candle, turn on the music you like at a volume the allows converssation. Have a cocktail , a cigarette and good dinner at home and watch a movie on Netflix.
An illegal alien, a Muslim, a black guy, a communist, walk into Bennigan's. The hostess says,
"What'll it be Mr. President, a booth, or a table"?
I was hoping Obama and Biden would have made the list, oh wait, that's right, they have the few people that pay taxes in chains, and we are disappearing, my bad.
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