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 high school, we use to cruize Elias Brothers Big Boy on Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak, MI. I went to school with the Elias Brothers sister, Candy Elias. I loved the "Big Boy" burger. I could eat 2 of them but never gained any weight (back then.) Wouldn't/couldn't eat two now. We have Shoneys here in the south which, they tell me is the same as the Big Boys restaurants but to me, not quite as good. We also have Crystals which is suppose to be the same as White Castle. Once again, not quite as good as WC.
KFC proves that Chicken is not good for you, McDonald's should be #1 on the list, the fat machine,
It is time to do away with the FAT MACHINES the have made Children in this country OBESE> If war broke out tomorrow how long would it take the Military to get these lazy - obese kids ready to fight for their rights. No wonder we can't win wars, to much fat on the plate.
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It is an interest story.
I think of Kresge/Big K/ K Mart.. The struggle of the this business brings back childhood memories. I still can recall when Woolworth went out of businees. Which chain
business will starting closes its doors?
Big Boy could have made it, if it was not for the very high pricing and the menu change. People went there again because of nostalgic reasons.
However it is just another place that might have been. Oh well, too bad.
Always sad to see any business go under, whether you liked them or not. Somebody does! Personally, I never thought there was anything special about Blimpie. Slice the meat to order? Never noticed any difference compared to Subway or Quiznos or Firehouse. Just takes longer, and lunch is very limited timewise. Doesn't mean I want them to go out of business. I just don't eat there.
Big Boy is alive and WELL in the Midwest. Frisch's restuarants was founded in Cincinnati in 1946 and paid a franchise fee to use the name "Big Boy" for its double decker burger. Frisch's Big Boy was better than any other Big Boy because of its unique tarter sauce and freshly ground beef. I believe Frisch's now owns the right to the name Big Boy. I suspect the 140 remaining Big Boys are all Frisch's. It would have been helpful to point this out in the article
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