America's disappearing restaurant chains

In a notoriously competitive and fast-evolving industry, even the most familiar names can fall off the map.

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Jan 13, 2014 2:34PM

We are not living from paycheck to paycheck any more, from Monday to Thursday and trying to make ends meet.

We used to be able to go out maybe once a month.

The last time was several months ago :

$60 for the 3 of us.

Sorry, we the now lower middle class, really just simply can not afford to go out. So go ahead and raise the minimum wage to $30 an hour. No economy, no customers, no business, no work.

Last weeks grocery bill was $243.00, which will go about 2 weeks. Does not include bathroom stuff, all that seems to be about $45.00.

So, under this new "Income Equality", " transition Living expense" aka welfare, & buying a hospital bed for the nation.

Our basic cost of living expense is now rounding off to $600.00 a month. Up from around $450.00

Not including the rise in EVERYTHING else.

O !!! and yes, our health insurance was also cancelled. We have no insurance right now.

was $333.00 a month with a 3K deductible, 2K out of pocket.

To replace our health insurance is now $820.00 a month with a $5k deductible ( each X3), $12K out of pocket.

Yeah, the new studies show, the polls are indicating, and stimulus is working, Polar Vortex's are an effect of global warming, poor people are getting less poor ( except single women with children).

***I don't think we need a new study or a news anchor telling me/us it really sucks and not sucking any better.***

Is it really ducking working ??? not by the food on my table........

Jan 13, 2014 1:56PM

sadly missing from this article is applebees.

singularly the worst restaurant in America.

Jan 13, 2014 2:53PM

My hubby and I are just the two of us so we end up eating out quite a bit.  But when a mediocre meal at Chili's costs 40 bucks, we are more inclined to visit a local sub shop or diner.  More fun, more interesting food, and way less money.  If we are able to spend that kind of money, we will go to a nice independent place with flavorful and unique food. 

Jan 7, 2014 7:47AM
How many time have they ran this one?
Jan 13, 2014 2:42PM
If the economy doesn't shape up, there will be more restaurants being added to the failing lists. We don't eat out much, maybe once a month, at best, because of the prices. Some people can't afford to go out as they once did. I know some friends who have already began to cut way back on going out to eat for the very same reasons. Less money, less eating out.
Jan 13, 2014 6:28PM
chain resturants in america suck anyway. high dollar prices for low quality food. bring back the mom and pop joints!!!
Jan 13, 2014 1:53PM

Television cooking shows are taking their toll. 

Cook better & healthier foods at home, no tipping necessary.

Jan 13, 2014 2:31PM
One country that is going, going.....and almost gone!!! America!   And, I think the world will be a better place wien it is GONE!  CONgress has destroyed it and the FDA with their legal drug dealers has just about finished what little was left.  I welcome the day when people will say "America???" I hate watching the country I loved disappear slowly.  Let it be gone with a BOOM like that of the Great Depression of 1929 !!!! Let CONgress have no paychecks.  Let them pay their own way home with no benefits waiting for them.
Jan 13, 2014 3:41PM
Well, many of these "chain" so called "family" restaurants used to be less costly for a family to go out to eat at and some of the menu items were ok at best and at least they were not expensive.  Nowadays, the prices have gone up while the quality of the food has gone down, and with the economy still not great for middle class families (who were the main customers going to these restaurants) cooking home is cheaper and healthier these days.   Either you have fast food places on the low end which are not popular these days with a family trying to eat healthier, or you have  high end artisan, specialty,. upscale, trendy, expensive restaurants that only upscale, wealthy people can afford to eat at, so thus, the middle class gets shafted, AGAIN!!    
Jan 7, 2014 7:13AM
I never cared much for Bennigans, but it was not the food or service that killed them.  They were bought out and loaded with debt and could not pay their debt service. This happens to too many companies today.
Jan 13, 2014 4:41PM
I have seen more things go away in the last five years than ever in my 70 plus years, so sad America is dying little at a time. Thanks to the bums in the White House. obama you are a disgrace to all Americans, you and moochelle both. Still spending our money on your lavish lifestyle. What a shame.
Jan 13, 2014 3:44PM
Life in America is no more like it used to be. It is more like Europe, but without the benefits, just the tax structure ( I should know, I escaped from Europe to come here)
Jan 13, 2014 2:51PM
I LOVE Fazoli's! Olive Garden is overpriced and disgusting, how is it even considered competition?
Jan 13, 2014 2:41PM
We have Lone Star, Longhorn & Texas Roadhouse all in a 10 mile radius of each other...My choice? Texas Roadhouse because the restaurant is fun & friendly and has GREAT service.
Jan 13, 2014 3:18PM
Being on SS it's harder and harder to go to the nicer places. There was a time when we could, but it's just cheaper to eat at home anymore. Not as much fun but.....
Jan 13, 2014 2:59PM
Anybody remember The Italian Oven?  Arthur Treachur's?  How about Taco Viva?
Jan 13, 2014 1:55PM
Personally I shall be forever grateful to Bennigan's. After serving me my first slice of Quiche, a 1/2 inch high slice of cardboard with some veggies pieces burnt in, I went home and developed a Thick and Rich Quiche Recipe of which is still enjoyed and treasured today---36 years later! 
Jan 13, 2014 2:37PM
How about the 10 worst working blog sites? The way this one is working, i'd put it on the list.
Jan 13, 2014 1:54PM
I went to Bennigans with my prom date (that was back in the mid 80's)  I will miss them.  I guess that's why I haven't seen them here in Texas.
Jan 7, 2014 12:35AM
TCBY is the only marque I've ever seen; these must be just regional - not national - chains?
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