The 15 Biggest Failed Restaurant Chains

For every immensely successful restaurant chain, like Applebee’s or T.G.I. Friday’s, there are the ones that didn’t make it.

For one reason or another, plenty of once-major restaurant chains fall off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again.

Here are 15 chains that, for one reason or another, are no longer with us.

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8 thoughts on “The 15 Biggest Failed Restaurant Chains”


    Used to eat lunch there a lot. Also, dinner was great. Loved those Chicken Croquet s. They had great ice cream for after the ball games.

  2. jo Scarborough

    Too bad, so many folks put their hearts and souls into these restaurants, Then others opened with copy=cat deals and therefore lots of them couldn’t stand the heat in the kitchen and simply gave up, sold out etc. Many dreams, hopes and cash flow was lost along with the broken hearts. Alas that’s life in the business world, you gotta be strong and hard as nails to make it, make deals that break the bank , know when to hold em and know when to fold up your tent and go home, if you still have one. josie

  3. no, burger chef lost out to mcdonalds becaue of freemason, mk ultra and mkdelta…your highly successful and stay highly successful because of who is “connected” and who follows the “nwo” agenda….

  4. Very nostalgic memories of going to Howard Johnson restaurants with my mother as a child. I loved the fried clam plate with a dessert. Very pleasant and easy going atmosphere. I really miss those days! Their Inn is still a favorite – would rather stay there than the up scale hotels and motels I’ve used, with it’s contemporary, “Jetson”-like, orange, grey and white decor/furnishings and friendly, laid back staff.

  5. Met my future wife at a Burger Chef in Dothan, Al in 1970. Fortunately, our franchise lasted longer than theirs. 49 years in April.

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