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(Mental Floss)   11 defunct restaurant chains that are sorely missed. How many do you remember?   ( mentalfloss.com) divider line
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2017-12-28 06:19:43 AM  
When the hungries hit hit the Red Barn
 
2017-12-28 06:58:46 AM  
I grew up in Anchorage.  The only one on that list we had was Shakey's Pizza.  I don't remember their pizza but I remember how much I loved their fried potatoes.  They were yumms.
 
2017-12-28 07:09:15 AM  
Howard Johnson is right!
 
2017-12-28 07:09:32 AM  
5. Burger Chef.  Yes!  That's the one that came to mind before I clicked on the link.  I liked fun meals better than happy meals as a kid, and their adult burgers were even better.  Until the local Burger Chef became Hardees, which I'd barely heard of at the time.
 
2017-12-28 07:12:48 AM  
I remember Chi Chi's, but only ate there once or twice.  Pretty forgettable.

I remember Howard Johnson's, more for seeing them around than eating there, but I remember milk shakes in served in glasses nearly the size of my head.  And perhaps the fried clams the article mentions, once, long ago.
 
2017-12-28 07:13:24 AM  
there was a Shakey's in Sioux City that had a 50 foot salad bar and pizza buffet.

Went to ChiChis a lot. I always got the cheapest thing on the menu, but went to town on the chips and salsa.

That orange and blue of HoJo's.  Stayed at the hotel once on a family trip when I was young. Don't remember eating at the restaurant though
 
2017-12-28 08:19:11 AM  

freddyV: there was a Shakey's in Sioux City that had a 50 foot salad bar and pizza buffet.

Went to ChiChis a lot. I always got the cheapest thing on the menu, but went to town on the chips and salsa.

That orange and blue of HoJo's.  Stayed at the hotel once on a family trip when I was young. Don't remember eating at the restaurant though


Whoa. I spent my later childhood in Akron. The Shakey's in Sioux City was a very rare and awesome treat.

We'd also get Chicken Delight delivered when we visited my grandfolks on Bluff Street, next to Prospect Hill. I was telling my dude about Chicken Delight just the other day, in fact. They didn't have it in Indiana, where he grew up.
 
2017-12-28 08:19:58 AM  
I remember Lum's, Shakey's Pizza, Chi Chi's, Howard Johnson and Farrell's. In college, HoJo was almost always a stop for ice cream coming back from the beach with the GF.
I remember being amazed at the HoJo restaurants over the tollway in Illinois.
The Farrell's location is still a restaurant, though it's been through many, many changes.
 
2017-12-28 08:27:13 AM  
I have such good memories of watching our pizza getting made at Shakey's through the window they had for their kitchen.  I remember Shakey's as being so cozy-between the delicious smell of the pizza and the fireplace in the main dining room. We always celebrated birthdays at Farrell's; we used to love watching the little train go around the shop.
 
2017-12-28 08:27:45 AM  
Is Bennigans still around somewhere, or did the list miss that one?
 
2017-12-28 08:30:05 AM  

tdyak: Is Bennigans still around somewhere, or did the list miss that one?


 I would kill for one of their Montecristo sandwiches. That's that's the only thing I miss about them.
 
2017-12-28 08:30:42 AM  
HoJo fried clams and chocolate ice cream.

Burger Chef had great kids meals and they had good shakes.

I miss Wuvs, they had Wuv Juice.  Like a fruit punch heavy on the papaya.

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2017-12-28 08:31:05 AM  
Howard Johnson was alright. They weren't great, but they were miles better for roadside food than Roy Rogers.
 
2017-12-28 08:33:44 AM  

tdyak: Is Bennigans still around somewhere, or did the list miss that one?


List also missed Steak & Ale.  As chain steakhouses went I always like that one.  I appreciated the faux-English decor as opposed to the faux-Western that every other chain steakhouse goes for, and they had escargot.
 
2017-12-28 08:34:22 AM  
Lum's and Ollie's Trolley were popular hangouts when I was in high school. It helped the wait staff wasn't all that good about checking ID's.
 
2017-12-28 08:35:12 AM  

Pazuzu Smith-Jones: freddyV: there was a Shakey's in Sioux City that had a 50 foot salad bar and pizza buffet.

Went to ChiChis a lot. I always got the cheapest thing on the menu, but went to town on the chips and salsa.

That orange and blue of HoJo's.  Stayed at the hotel once on a family trip when I was young. Don't remember eating at the restaurant though

Whoa. I spent my later childhood in Akron. The Shakey's in Sioux City was a very rare and awesome treat.

We'd also get Chicken Delight delivered when we visited my grandfolks on Bluff Street, next to Prospect Hill. I was telling my dude about Chicken Delight just the other day, in fact. They didn't have it in Indiana, where he grew up.


We drove thru SC, and often stayed there when we were going to see grandparents in South Dakota.
Back when the stockyards were still smelly.
 
2017-12-28 08:35:29 AM  
Some of these sound familiar, but the only two I know I've eaten at are Howard Johnson's and Ginos. Ginos, in addition to the usual burger joint fare, was the outlet for KFC. I have a specific memory of going to Ginos when I was a kid and having KFC. Just once with my grandmom.

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2017-12-28 08:35:30 AM  

theflatline: HoJo fried clams and chocolate ice cream.

Burger Chef had great kids meals and they had good shakes.

I miss Wuvs, they had Wuv Juice.  Like a fruit punch heavy on the papaya.

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I had a Wuv's just outside my apartment building when I was in High School. It never really caught on for some reason. I think I ate there maybe twice. Meh.
 
2017-12-28 08:46:12 AM  
LUMS - We didn't have a lot of money to go to restaurants when I was young but every Christmas we'd drive into Hartford to see Santa at G. Fox and then go to Lums in East Hartford on the way home.

Burger Chef - Some times when we were doing errands when I was a preschooler my mom would stop there. When my sister was born we had to go to McD because the fries were longer and her little hands could handle them better.
 
2017-12-28 08:48:11 AM  

freddyV: Pazuzu Smith-Jones: freddyV: there was a Shakey's in Sioux City that had a 50 foot salad bar and pizza buffet.

Went to ChiChis a lot. I always got the cheapest thing on the menu, but went to town on the chips and salsa.

That orange and blue of HoJo's.  Stayed at the hotel once on a family trip when I was young. Don't remember eating at the restaurant though

Whoa. I spent my later childhood in Akron. The Shakey's in Sioux City was a very rare and awesome treat.

We'd also get Chicken Delight delivered when we visited my grandfolks on Bluff Street, next to Prospect Hill. I was telling my dude about Chicken Delight just the other day, in fact. They didn't have it in Indiana, where he grew up.

We drove thru SC, and often stayed there when we were going to see grandparents in South Dakota.
Back when the stockyards were still smelly.


I remember that smell. Both my stepfather and grandfather worked at Swift's packing house.
 
2017-12-28 08:50:18 AM  
Red Barn, Shakey's, Burger Chef, Chi Chi's, and Ho-Jo's.  My ex-wife (from El Paso) thought Chi Chi's was hysterical, considering that it's slang for boobs.
 
2017-12-28 08:51:59 AM  
Loved Shakey's Pizza, but more often miss Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips.
 
2017-12-28 08:52:07 AM  
First of all, isn't this a recent repeat?
Second of all, I still own a LUM'S tray, that I use quite often.
 
2017-12-28 08:54:01 AM  

tdyak: Is Bennigans still around somewhere, or did the list miss that one?


Here you go
http://bennigans.com
 
2017-12-28 08:56:27 AM  
Anyone remember Lil' Duffer?

Are there any Lil' Duffers left?
 
2017-12-28 08:57:45 AM  
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2017-12-28 08:57:45 AM  
In the 80s, Lum's used to be the place to go when the 4am bars closed in Peoria.
Bartenders, waitresses, bouncers, strippers, and drunks would converge there for breakfast until the bars re-opened at 6am.
 
2017-12-28 08:57:50 AM  
Grew up in Punta Gorda, FL. Howard Johnson's along US 41 was pretty much the only game in town for sit-down dining. Fisherman's Village opened up sometime in the early 1980s and we had some choices. HJ hung in there until the late 1990s though.
 
2017-12-28 08:58:17 AM  
Worked at a Mountain Jack's for years then some corporate genius decided we needed to "rebrand" to Carver's Creek--then everything went to hell.  Congrats corporate genius you are now free to take down another successful business.

They had great prime rib.
 
2017-12-28 08:58:57 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: tdyak: Is Bennigans still around somewhere, or did the list miss that one?

List also missed Steak & Ale.  As chain steakhouses went I always like that one.  I appreciated the faux-English decor as opposed to the faux-Western that every other chain steakhouse goes for, and they had escargot.


Bennigans and Steak And Ale are owned by the same group. And are supposedly going to make a come back.

Steak and Ale was a decent chain.  And like you said had escargot. Good French onion soup and quiche of the day.  I used to kill the English dip as a kid.

Bennigans was like an upscale Applebees.  Never much cared for it. But it was a good place to pick up drunk married chicks.
 
2017-12-28 09:02:25 AM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: Red Barn, Shakey's, Burger Chef, Chi Chi's, and Ho-Jo's.  My ex-wife (from El Paso) thought Chi Chi's was hysterical, considering that it's slang for boobs.


I thought Chi Chi's slogan was hilarious, too.

"For when you feel a little Mexican"

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2017-12-28 09:04:24 AM  
Weird how the Hep A outbreak killed Chi Chi's restaurants but someone still makes a profit using that IP for salsa, chips, and homemade taco kits.
 
2017-12-28 09:05:14 AM  
I was looking for Friendly's, but then I found out it actually made it through bankruptcy. Still, they must be masters of disguise, because I haven't seen one in the Boston area or along US 1 in years.
 
2017-12-28 09:06:13 AM  
I remember about half on the list, I recall eating at Shakeys as kid and still remember it was shiat pizza. The parents promised no more Shakeys.
 
2017-12-28 09:16:43 AM  
Sorely missed?

And no Arthur Treachers?
 
2017-12-28 09:18:16 AM  
I liked HoJo's, never went to those other's though. I also miss The Fresher Cooker, Kenny Roger's Roasters and Boston Market dine-in locations. frozen dinner versions are pointless.
 
2017-12-28 09:24:38 AM  
Dad would stop at Shakey's and order a pizza or two to go.  Then, he'd have a cold one while waiting for the pizzas.  One day, his son, Harry, asked why we never ate a Shakey's.

There was a barbershop quartet singing and playing a piano and banjo on the stage.  It was pretty loud even by idiot kid standards.  Dad thrust his thumb towards them and said "Cause I can only stand listening to these idiots for just so long" just as the song broke.

Fortunately, dad's order came up and we were leaving when dad started getting cussed at.  Mainly in Greek and probably PG-13 cussing.

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When dad went on business trips, mom would go to Chicken Delight.  Dad worked on a poultry farm as a kid and would not touch chicken or turkey.  Mom would take a cab down there but along the way, she'd stop at Kroger's and get some frozen shrimp and have the guys at CD cook it for her.
 
2017-12-28 09:25:07 AM  
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2017-12-28 09:27:30 AM  

Wave Of Anal Fury: Red Barn, Shakey's, Burger Chef, Chi Chi's, and Ho-Jo's.  My ex-wife (from El Paso) thought Chi Chi's was hysterical, considering that it's slang for boobs.


From San Antonio - that made me laugh, hadn't heard that in forty years.  Beavis and Butthead moment.
 
2017-12-28 09:29:12 AM  
I'm surprised Sambo's isn't on the list, and neither is Arthur Treacher's.
HoJo's and Burger Chef I remember for my kiddie years, though I don't remember where HJ was where I lived. I associated HJ with family trips out of state, the rest stops on the Mass Pike and off I-95
 
2017-12-28 09:31:22 AM  

deadsanta: I was looking for Friendly's, but then I found out it actually made it through bankruptcy. Still, they must be masters of disguise, because I haven't seen one in the Boston area or along US 1 in years.


There's 3 in Logan, but other than that it's in the suburbs.
 
2017-12-28 09:31:35 AM  

Slaxl: Howard Johnson is right!


I remember when they served my little sister ice cream and she found some glass in it...good times.
 
2017-12-28 09:33:13 AM  

deadsanta: I was looking for Friendly's, but then I found out it actually made it through bankruptcy. Still, they must be masters of disguise, because I haven't seen one in the Boston area or along US 1 in years.


The ones near me seem to have been replaced by Denny's. The Friendly's brand ice cream is still in the grocery stores though.
 
2017-12-28 09:38:46 AM  
I miss all of those like I miss a toothache - gratefully.
 
2017-12-28 09:40:15 AM  

Soccerhead: I'm surprised Sambo's isn't on the list, and neither is Arthur Treacher's.
HoJo's and Burger Chef I remember for my kiddie years, though I don't remember where HJ was where I lived. I associated HJ with family trips out of state, the rest stops on the Mass Pike and off I-95


Sambo's was just rebranded, since racist. I forget what they changed to though. We used to go to one and then suddenly it changed its name, and they painted over the Little Black Sambo mural on the wall.
 
2017-12-28 09:40:35 AM  
Grew up in Hannibal.  I had no idea that Lums was a chain but I loved their dogs!  We had to cross the river and go to Quincy, IL to go to Burger Chef.  Loved being able to put my own toppings on my sandwich.  And remember the mascots?  Burger Chef and Jeff.
 
2017-12-28 09:41:24 AM  

I'm surprised Sambo's isn't on the list


Because Sambo's isn't defunct. The one in Santa Barbara is still open. I always load up on gift t-shirts when I pass through.
 
2017-12-28 09:45:11 AM  
I looked for Ponderosa, but apparently it isn't completely dead, it just went bankrupt and closed a lot of locations.
 
2017-12-28 09:51:37 AM  
York Steak House?

I'd kill for an order of their sirloin tips and steak fries about now.
 
2017-12-28 09:52:05 AM  
A local chain that I liked was Bridgeman's. The food was a little better than Perkins, but their specialty was ice cream.
My dad was fond of the place,  and I liked going since I always got an ice cream cone to go when we were leaving.
 
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