In the last several decades, restaurant franchises have become a major part of American consumer culture. Chains like Outback, Friday’s, Applebee’s, Chili’s, Red Robin, and others dominate highway and mall locations. However, seemingly for every success story, there are countless failed chains. Some reached great heights before plummeting down to earth, while other now-defunct restaurant chains were never able to truly get off the ground.
Pull up a seat, open the menu, and let’s look at some iconic restaurant chains you might not even remember, as well as some that you still might cruise by on your next road trip.