I was browsing the Web the other day, and came across an article on restaurants that used to be very popular, but eventually, due to many reasons, were now shuttered or limited in number. I thought I would list some of the ones I remembered from our area. Here is a capsule of some of the more famous ones:
•Howard Johnson’s: At their peak in the 1960’s, there were over 1,000 restaurants. Now only one remains and that is in Lake George, NY!
•Valle’s Steak House: The East Coast chain ran from the 1930’s until the new millennium when it faded from the restaurant scene.
•Mr. Steak: Famous for partially juicy steaks, the chain boasted 300 restaurants until it folded in 1987.
•Bob’s Big Boy: Remember the iconic “big boy” outside the entrance to the restaurant? There are still about 100 locations in the Midwest and California.
•Bennigan’s: One of the first “sports bar” restaurants, the chain filed for bankruptcy in 2008. New ownership kept 23 locations open.
•Red Barn: The distinctive “red barn” building housed the “Big Barney” hamburger until the 1980’s. There were 300-400 locations in the U.S. and Canada. There is still one left in Racine, Wisconsin.
There there are! An interesting collection of eateries that once graced the Central New York landscape. How many of these do you remember? Maybe there are some I missed! Let me know!