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 8, 2013 1:58PM

mellow mushroom will make the next list.  seems that the mellowness is about to be stifled by the previous owner of Applebee's, who wants to change the menu, delete the murals, and put staff in uniforms, thereby killing the 'mellow'.....


ever have that AWFUL, frozen food at applebee's, where a freezer and a microwave are all that's needed in their kitchens?  well, be prepared for the same thing at mellow mushroom....

Jan 8, 2013 1:44PM
Wish McDonald's and subway would be on that list already.
Jan 8, 2013 5:30AM

Most chain restaurants don't cook anything buy eggs, bacon and pancakes.  Everything else is frozen and put in a microwave.  The cook can't cook just grill burgers, fries and breakfast meals.

Where are the real cooks that made good food in the kitchen and at a fair price?

That is what is wrong with the industry and the prices are very high.  Drinks are very expensive as they make a lot of profit on a soft drink at $2.50 or more for half a can of the drink.   If they want to stay in business check the price and move the customers through the dining room.  What happened to the coffee counter?  Did it go with the high coffee prices?  I was in a Hotel recently and they had breakfast in the lobby for guests.  The scrambled eggs were frozen in a gallon size bag and when put into a steamer the were better than those restaurants serve.


Blimpies is the only one of these I would miss.  They make a decent breakfast omelette for not too much.  Their coffee isn't at all bad and the sandwiches are affordable, albeit real calorie bombs.
Jan 6, 2013 4:21PM
Frieches Big Boy in the Cincinnati seem to. Be doing very well.  It must be in the sauce.. Also I have a lot of trouble typing and posting on your site.
Jan 6, 2013 8:43AM
All the restaurant chains are going to suffer due to the shocking lessons experienced by us all in this prolonged recession.   Whenever I was on the road,  it was my habit to stop in a certain restaurant to eat the dinner, but while watching the reduction of quantity of food while paying the same old price,  I was forced to change my stopping habit,  rather take some food with me which saved me a lot of money.   We were greatly spoiled by the availability fo restaurants and the affluence of money,  but we are marching in a lower level of life, so we will be forced to change many things.
Jan 5, 2013 5:14PM
Dang I used to love Bob's Big Boy when I was a kid.  Haven't seen one in years.

Miss you Bob's.

Jan 5, 2013 12:15PM
Looking at the list...maybe Biggest Loser will have a few less contestants. 
Jan 4, 2013 10:29PM

i use to love bennigans they had great fried mushrooms! shoney big boy had good burger but haven't been there in years. i only eat at

Arbys now. great roast beef leave off the cheese! can dominos go out of business??? nasty! that's not pizza!

Jan 3, 2013 8:57PM
Red Robin is pretty good but kids no its not for them.
Jan 3, 2013 8:37PM
We lost our last Bobs Big Boy, many memories of taking my kids there.  Cheeseburgers forever!
Jan 3, 2013 8:22PM
Nice, solid middle class eateries are going the way of the nice, solid middle class.  Things change.  What are ya gonna do??
Jan 3, 2013 7:47PM
Only one I miss is Bob's Big Boy, was an Icon growing up, spent many a Saturday night there after Cruz'n up and down Whittier Blvd.... I go there tonight if I could find one.
Jan 3, 2013 6:59PM
TGIF started pushing the liquor too hard, waitresses dont seem to hear, "I dont drink". Some even get mad plus to many drunks, freaks the kids out.
Jan 3, 2013 6:48PM
Dairy Queen dwindled and came back.  I see TGI Fridays heading down and Chi Chi's dried up.  Good brands have the ability to resurrect.
Jan 3, 2013 6:36PM
OH you can add dominoes and papa johns too, at least around here in the nations capitol, but the dominoes in Peace Cross is fabulous
Jan 3, 2013 6:32PM

I thought Damons was good food wise but my woman hated the decor which even I admit was depressing.  By the way, I agree, Applebees should be on the list, bad service terrible food.

Jan 3, 2013 6:22PM
We went to Newly opened PF Changs nearby for a New Year's Eve dinner.  Won't be going back there again. Service was awful - kid waiting on us probably was just thinking about the party later - took forever to get refills and even check. Had dirty tape all over his hand. On way from the restaurantt wife started feeling ill (not from alcohol either - we didn't order any) and was violently sick through the whole First Night and most of the next day. The only thing she ate that the rest of us (party of 4) didn't was the sesame chicken. When we called the restauran next day - they just brushed us off pretty much saying that we were ridiculous... Needles to say, even the word PF Changs now makes my wife nauseous
Jan 3, 2013 6:04PM
Stinks to hear about Ponderosa. The one i've been to often  is pretty nice. It's right across from Pizza Hut and for about the same price you get much better food, large selection, home-made taste, and better service. That Ponderosa location is in Western PA... I haven't tried it in any other places that i've seen, but would definitely consider when going to get something to eat.
Jan 3, 2013 5:56PM
They forgot to put Chi-Chi's on the list :)
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