Welcome to Broken Chains, where I plan to write about my travels to restaurants, hotels, and retail spaces that are part of, or connected to chains that are defunct, regional, or otherwise obscure. My intent is to share my odd hobby with anyone who is interested and to encounter as many obsolete consumer outlets as possible while learning a little bit about their history.
Can you do one on Zayres?ReplyDelete
I would love to write about Zayre, but I make an effort to only write about present day experiences with brands that are diminished, but still exist. I don’t believe any Zayre stores are still open, but if someone revives the name for a physical or online business, I’ll be there to check it out.Delete
Thanks for reading!
...but maybe I would write about Zayre if I could find a well-preserved former Zayre location I could visit, kind of like I did with Nickerson Farms and Howard Johnson’s.Delete
Zap, this is the best site I've found in ages. Our food & travel blog (Marie, Let's Eat!) is kind of on hiatus currently, but we've loved finding stragglers and survivors of old chains like Shrimp Boats or Scottie's or Zesto, and repurposed old buildings like Arthur Treacher's or mission-style Taco Bells. We wrote about one of the Evansville GD Ritzy's a couple of years ago, but we rarely get out of the southeast so most of your chains are places I've only ever heard of. I can't wait to see what you will find next.ReplyDelete
Hi! Thanks for reading. I still have a few recent finds left to write about, plus a couple of trips planned. I'll have to check out your blog too.Delete
Zap, Very cool blog. I am emailing you a note.ReplyDelete
Chains often don't go out of business all at once, they dwindle down. My hometown has two of the remaining 3-4 Kettle restaurants, once a big chain based out of Houston, they once had over 200 stores across 17 states and two dozen in Houston alone. The last Houston store closed about six or seven years ago, and the remaining stores have slowly been closing down.ReplyDelete
“Chains often don't go out of business all at once, they dwindle down”Delete
Yep. It’s a phenomenon I always found interesting. Especially when there are only one or two holdouts sticking around decades after hundreds of other locations in the chain have closed.
Can you do a family entertainment center (i.e. places like Chuck E. Cheese's?)ReplyDelete
That might be tough as I don’t have kids, but I can try. Do you know of any family entertainment center chains that are struggling or otherwise diminished?Delete
Casa Bonita fits those criteria I guess, but the last one is all the way in Colorado. Plus it’s pretty well known thanks to South Park.
A couple nearly-dead restaurant chains in the Richmond, VA area: Golden Skillet Fried Chicken and Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House.ReplyDelete
Golden Skillet is on my list to visit the next time I'm in that area. I haven't heard of Aunt Sarah's. I'll have to read up on them and check them out too. Thanks for the tip.Delete
An interesting one I know of is Great American Food Stores in upstate New York. Not much is known about them as a chain, but sometime in the 1990s they went bust, and the stores that still operate now are independently owned and operated, mostly in rural areas. The stores look and smell quite vintage inside.ReplyDelete
I was by the Northpark G.D. Ritzy's in Evansville yesterday and found your blog this morning. It is very entertaining! There is also a Cork and Cleaver still operating in Evansville since 1974, although I haven't been there. The old Cork and Cleaver off Richmond Road in Lexington was one of my favorite restaurants back in the 1980s.ReplyDelete