I was thinking about places that really can’t be marked on the atlas because they simply no longer exist so I’m starting a thread for fond memories of popular has-been franchises, old regional favorites with many locations. Might not be a restaurant but some similar line that would be recognizable, for example I think there’s still one Blockbuster store open somewhere. Maybe one or two re-purposed buildings can still be found that still show the design of that brand or photos and memorabilia can be shared too.
I’ll kick off with Burger Chef, which once had 1200 locations and was surpassed by McDonalds in 1972. They even sued McDonalds for copying their “fun meal” which had included restaurant theme characters and toys. Eventually Burger Chef was pretty much absorbed into Hardee’s and the last one closed in the 1990’s.
“There’s more to like at Burger Chef.”