12 iconic restaurant chains that no longer exist in America
- No restaurant chain can live forever, no matter how popular or unique it is.
- From America's first food-service automat to a castle-themed buffet to country comedian chicken joints, many classic restaurant chains have come and gone.
- Here are 12 iconic restaurant chains that no longer exist in the US.
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Corporations, like people, are not immortal.
This is especially true of chain restaurants, many of which have closed as times and tastes have changed.A hamburger chain can reach over 1,200 locations, then be sold 10 years later to a hungry competitor who wants to scrap it for parts.
There was Horn & Hardart, America's first automated restaurants, which accompanied the country through the Gilded Era, the Great Depression, two world wars, the moon landing, and the first season of "Twin Peaks."
There was a steakhouse with animatronic mascots, an Oklahoman Mexican-style eatertainment chain with grottos and roaming mariachi bands, and a vaguely medieval-themed SoCal cult-favorite buffet.
The success of these chains at their peak ranged from mild to wild, but they were all at some point a part of America's cultural consciousness.Here are some of the most iconic American restaurant chains that have fallen from grace.