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(NPR)   Like a lot of folks turning 50, Arby's is having a midlife crisis, going through a major makeover   (npr.org) divider line 73
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2012-10-02 09:40:38 AM
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This story is relevant to his interests.
 
2012-10-02 10:19:43 AM
Never a fan of Arby's when I lived near a Roy Rogers. Roy's has the best roast beef (of the fast food places which probably makes it between them and Arby's in Northern Virginia and Maryland).

There is a Roy's near my parents house in Leesburg Virginia.

If you lived in the DC area in the 80's and part of the 90's you might remember Ken Beatrice on WTOP or WMAL or whichever it was. Try the Jamocha!
 
2012-10-02 11:17:06 AM
I almost got a job working for the advertising agency that currently holds the Arby's account.

I was kind of angry that after 2 Skype interviews they never called me back. I eventually was told by my headhunter that they said i "talk too much".

After seeing all this...i'm kind of glad i got turned down for the position.
 
2012-10-02 12:00:57 PM
FriarReb98:
The orange creamsicle drink alone justifies their existence.

That's not how you spell Jamocha Shake.
 
2012-10-02 12:16:39 PM

Dahnkster: I'm diggin' the new logo. It's starting to grow on me. POSSIBLY NSFW SKETCH 

http://funmeme.com/image.axd?picture=Ill-Never-Be-Able-to-Eat-at-Arby s -Again.gif


I think the space in the URL ruined the funny.
 
2012-10-02 12:21:58 PM
There is one one customer under the age of 70 at my local Arby's. Its basically a senior center.

I guess thats what happens when you tear down a 100 year old restaurant to build it. All the old folks just keep going to the same location on auto-pilot.
 
2012-10-02 12:55:39 PM

poot_rootbeer: I'm thinkin' Arby's...

...will be joining Roy Rogers and Rax in that great roast beef sandwich franchise in the sky within 5 years.


Roy Rogers is still around. A few years back they were bought out by one of their franchisees, who consolidated the chain back to the DC Area where their roots are (originally started by Marriott, who is still headquartered here). They're now more of a regional chain, mostly in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, based out of Frederick, MD.
 
2012-10-02 01:02:29 PM

jkl65s4: poot_rootbeer: I'm thinkin' Arby's...

...will be joining Roy Rogers and Rax in that great roast beef sandwich franchise in the sky within 5 years.

Roy Rogers is still around. A few years back they were bought out by one of their franchisees, who consolidated the chain back to the DC Area where their roots are (originally started by Marriott, who is still headquartered here). They're now more of a regional chain, mostly in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, based out of Frederick, MD.


You can find a few Roy Rogers along the I-87 corridor in New York State at the rest stops. There is also still a Roys in manhattan, 7th ave and 32nd street, across from the stairs down into Penn Station. It shares a space with a Nathans.

I cant eat Popeyes or KFC. I find both to be nasty. Popeyes being the worst. But i can eat a whole bucket of seasoned skin from RR.
 
2012-10-02 01:26:43 PM
I used ti kill a Arbys chicken,bacon and swiss. Havent been there in years the closest one to me is far away and they were always so expensive for fast food
 
2012-10-02 02:22:49 PM
Arbys is good, just pricy. I go there when I get coupons. I prefer their chicken stuff to their roast beef though.
 
2012-10-02 03:18:49 PM
I love Arby's...it's a nice alternative to McWendyKing, but the nearest one is 25 minutes away, in an area I usually don't go to. (This is one of those "classic" buildings from the 70's too). Their marketing is all over the place though, and their restaurants are really out of date compared to competitors, but still much tastier food. New logo looks like crap though. When are companies going to figure out that most people don't give a crap about the look of a logo?

\If you are ever in the Richmond, VA area, check out the local Arby's down there. The local franchisee went over the top...fancy condiments on the tables (including Wild Turkey hot sauce), classical music playing, slightly different menu, etc. It was really quite odd, and more of a sit-down restaurant, with a walk up counter.
 
2012-10-02 04:57:39 PM

ghare: "I'm so hungry I could eat at Arby's"


And we're done. There's one near the Microsoft campus in Redmond, and it's friggin' nasty. The pho place nearby is a much better stop - actual meat, fresh veggies, and a huge bowl of tasty, tasty pho costs less than what you'd pay for one of Arby's homogocow hoagies.
 
2012-10-02 05:54:05 PM

jkl65s4: poot_rootbeer: I'm thinkin' Arby's...

...will be joining Roy Rogers and Rax in that great roast beef sandwich franchise in the sky within 5 years.

Roy Rogers is still around. A few years back they were bought out by one of their franchisees, who consolidated the chain back to the DC Area where their roots are (originally started by Marriott, who is still headquartered here). They're now more of a regional chain, mostly in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, based out of Frederick, MD.


I actually live by a Roys now. When I moved into my place a few years back I was driving around the neighborhood to see what was there and there was a Roys I was kinda shocked.
 
2012-10-02 07:23:26 PM

FormlessOne: The pho place nearby is a much better stop - actual meat, fresh veggies, and a huge bowl of tasty, tasty pho costs less than what you'd pay for one of Arby's homogocow hoagies.


A good pho joint will serve you a soup full of strange, arcane cow parts like tripe and kidney... and it's STILL a higher grade of beef than Arby's' grey meat-glued animal loaf is.
 
2012-10-02 08:33:10 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-02 09:00:51 PM

dinwv: Arby's around here is *meh* anymore, but it's Wendy's that has truly fell into shame. Used to love me some Wendy's, but across the board their food is terrible anymore.
Spoke with a manager about it, he confirmed: this summer ALL their vendors were changed. The meat\buns\veggies\EVERYTHING sourced differently now. It's much cheaper crap, served in smaller portions with higher prices. The only thing they don't skimp on is salt. I don't go there at all anymore.

It seems to be the way of the market in many businesses these days........... NEW and IMPROVED is definitely new, in no way improved.


There's someone worse than Sysco?
 
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2012-10-02 10:03:14 PM
If anyone in this thread is complaining that there isn't any decent fast food roast beef, stop by a Lion's Choice the next time you're around St. Louis or nearby parts of Missouri/Illinois.

farm7.static.flickr.com
 
2012-10-02 11:28:29 PM
Sounds like they need cash. I hereby bid $100 for the intellectual property rights of Horsey Sauce. Willing to go a few bucks higher if needed.

/call me
//kthxbai
 
2012-10-03 05:10:52 AM
Looks like they've switched the font to Futura... just like with eBay's logo, which now uses Univers Medium, they've changed the appearance of the text from unique and eye catching to dull and generic. Both fonts look like something you'd see in an elementary school classroom. With the exception of FedEx, I can't see why any company would prefer this sort of font for its logo over one that shows at least a hint of individuality.
 
2012-10-03 05:20:48 AM
Oh, and I also forgot to rant about the change the name's first letter to lowercase. What gives? I thought only the dot coms could get away with that.
 
2012-10-03 07:31:06 AM
What a step back for this their logo, it looks like something from a euro company in the 90's.
 
2012-10-03 10:47:18 AM

Old enough to know better: I honestly always liked Arby's. I just don't eat their often because to me they're just too expensive for fast food.


I agree with this a bit. I used to pound their 5 for $5 deals like no tomorrow when I was on the swim team. Ever since those went up in price and then disappeared, I haven't really been back. I can go to a chain place like Friday's, Applebees, Red Robin, etc for about the same price as Arby's.

Doesn't help that, like another poster said, they tend to have inconvenient locations in poorer areas.


All I can say is they better not fark up their fries. Growing up Burger King was my favorite restaurant. Went there for my birthday every year, upon my request. I switched to McDonalds this year for the rare fast food burger I actually eat, because BK farked up their fries.

/Red Robin
 
2012-10-03 01:38:07 PM
Whatever, their food is crap, always been crap since at least the late 80s. The cheese sauce is a step down from day old bukkake sperm.
 
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