10 Restaurants We Wish Were Still Around

Some restaurants, like McDonald’s, have stood the test of time when it comes to sales. There was almost always be eating at the golden arches, which is how they’ve become internationally famous.

However, there are some restaurants from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that unfortunately didn’t stand the test of time, no matter how much we wish they had.

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Lum’s started as a hot dog stand in 1956, and eventually opened into a family-style restaurant. In 1983, the last of all Lum’s closed down, but there’s still some Ollie’s Trolley locations where you can get the classic Ollieburger and spicy fries!

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Think of it as the original Outback Steakhouse. Mountain Jack’s had individual salad bars which came to your table, and a prime rib which still makes our mouths water at the thought of it! The parent company of Mountain Jack’s filed for bankruptcy in 2002, and in 2008 the majority of all restaurants had been shut down.

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According to franchise owner Bill Lapitsky, Red Barn was the first fast-food restaurant to offer a salad bar in 1961. The chain was famous for the fried chicken, as well as barn-themed foods, like “Big Barney” and “Barnbuster.” There were over 400 locations across Canada and the United States.

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Good news! There are actually some Shakey’s left. Bad news: they’re only in California. The original pizza joint featured this, crispy, made-from-scratch pizza, draft beer, and soft drinks. You want something else? You’ll have to eat somewhere else. Every location featured live jazz and ragtime music. The chain was bought out in 1984, and by 1989 most locations had closed down.

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Imagine a world where the biggest food chain was Burger Chef, not McDonald’s. That’s what it looked like was going to happen in 1971, as Burger Chef’s 1200 locations were poised to surpass the golden arches. The company arguably invented the Happy Meal, except it was a Fun Meal, which included a burger, fries, drink, dessert, and toy. In 1979, Burger Chef sued McDonald’s when they introduced their Happy Meal. In 1982, Burger Chef’s parent company was bought out, and most of the restaurants were turned in Hardee’s.

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Chi-Chi’s Mexican food was “as ethnically authentic as Chef Boyardee’s canned pasta”, but damn did it taste good. In 2003, however, Chi-Chi’s infected over 600 Pittsburgh residents with hepatitis A, thanks to some scallions imported from Mexico. They paid out over $40 million in lawsuit setllements, and eventually closed down.

Chipotle Is Making Major Changes To Their Queso

Listen. Guacamole is great. We all love guac. But sometimes, all you want to smother your burrito in is a perfect queso sauce.

Chipotle, the undisputed champion of fast-food burritos, went 24 years before introducing a cheesy sauce to their menu. It sent people into a frenzy, finally getting the queso they’ve been dreaming of.

But then, something terrible was discovered. The queso sauce was actually awful. Branded a “crime against cheese,” the restaurant came under fire for their poor attempt at something so basic.

After the less-than-glowing reviews, Chipotle has announced a major change to their recipe.

Here Are All The Restaurants Offering Discounted Meals And Freebies For Veterans Day

Veterans Day is the time of year when we honor those who protect and serve our country, and lots of restaurants are offering special deals and freebies for both active military personnel and veterans.

Bear in mind: most deals require a military ID, while some will accept dressing in uniform as ID. Most restaurants accept discharge papers, VA cards, veterans organization memberships, and other military ID cards.

Some exclusions apply, so check if you nearest location is participating in these deals.

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill

Pick a free meal from a special menu at any of Applebee’s 1,800 locations nationwide.

Back Yard Burgers

Get a Classic Burger free on Saturday if you’re active-duty military personnel or a veteran. Requires uniform or ID. Back Yard Burgers also offers a 20% military discount year-round.

Bakers Square

Free breakfast on Saturday with your choice of buttermilk pancakes, French toast, or a Belgian waffle.

Bob Evans

All of the chain’s locations are offering a free meal Saturday (from a special menu).

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

Pick a free entree under $12.95 on Friday or Saturday with a free BJ’s beer donated by another community member.

Bonanza Steakhouse

Enjoy the Bonanza buffet for free on Saturday.

Boston Market

Buy one, get one free for individual meals from Friday to Sunday, but only at participating locations. You also need this coupon to qualify for the meal, not just your ID.

Boston Pizza

Through Sunday, guests can buy a pint and pay it forward to active-duty military personnel or veterans, so you should be able to enjoy a free beer at your nearest location.

Buffalo Wild Wings

At participating locations you can get a free small order of traditional or boneless wings, with a side of fries.

California Pizza Kitchen

Enjoy a free entree from a special menu at participating locations of this chain.

Chili’s

Choose a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu.

Applebee’s Has $1 Margaritas, But Only For A Limited Time

Applebee’s rarely disappoints. They’ve been around for 37 years, and quickly grew to become one of America’s favorite restaurant chains.

The most popular dish? The Bourbon Street Chicken and Shrimp. And if you’re looking for healthy foods? Well…maybe go somewhere else.

And even though more than 100 locations will be closing down, Applebee’s has stepped up their promotion game and is offering something amazing.

$1 margaritas, or Dollaritas.

So how long will this last?

The Most-Ordered Foods From Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

You probably have a go-to dish at your favorite restaurant. Burger and fires? Chicken fingers? Steak dinner?

But is your go-to the same as everyone else’s? Let’s find out!

Who doesn’t love a burger with bacon and a giant onion ring? No one, that’s who. The Legendary Burger is the most ordered menu item.

Shocking, right? I for sure thought this one would be the Bloomin’ Onion. But I guess they aren’t called the Outback Bloomin’ Onion house. The Special Sirloin is the most ordered menu item.

Even though for the most part these biscuits are brought to you without being ordered, you can still request them to take home. Over 350 million of the Cheddar Bay Biscuits are produced each year.

Loaded Potato Skins are the most popular menu item at TGI Fridays, and honestly it makes sense. The appetizer debuted in 1974 and it has been flawless ever since.

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Olive Garden Added An Insane Perk To Their Never-Ending Pasta Passes

When you’re here, you’re family. You’re also stuffed to the brim of bread sticks and pasta, but in a good way.

Every year, Olive Garden runs an amazing promotion which gives loyal customers the chance to buy Never Ending Pasta Passes for $100 a month.

“The Pasta Pass allows Passholder to enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion at Olive Garden as many times as they wish in-restaurant for 8 weeks,” the website says. “That’s right – unlimited food at Olive Garden for 8 weeks!”

22,000 passes were made available to the public and were sold at $100 each. That’s 1,000 more than last year and 20,000 more than 2015.

The passes sold out in ONE SECOND, selling on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Olive Garden decided to reward 50 ‘super fans’ with the chance to spend an extra $100 and get the deal of a lifetime.

But what can an extra $100 really get you?

Here’s Where You Can Get Free Cheeseburgers For National Cheeseburger Day

September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and some of your favorite restaurants are offering up some irresistible freebies and deals, so you can have a good excuse to enjoy one of America’s favorite comfort foods guilt-free.

From Wendy’s to Ruby Tuesday, here are all the places you can score a delicious discounted or even free cheeseburger today:

From 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Shake Shack is giving away free cheeseburgers if you order through the DoorDash app. Here’s the list of participating cities.

Enjoy a Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, fries, chicken nuggets, and a drink for just $5. No coupon required.

For only $5, you can get a Double Natural Angus Burger at BurgerFi. Don’t forget to mention National Cheeseburger Day at the register to score this deal.

The chain doesn’t have a deal specifically for the holiday, but they’re currently offering a special for two Whoppers at $6.

Today only, get a cheeseburger with classic fries for $6.99 all day long.

Sign up for the chain’s Rocket eClub and instantly get a free burger.