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ScreamingChicken

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Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 11:58 AM (permalink)
Ever come across a small to medium-sized chain that has most of its locations in a single state or area but 1 or 2 completely elsewhere?  For example, the Rocky Rococo Pizza chain is based here in WI but has stores in Brooklyn Park, MN and Spokane, WA.  The MN location isn't too surprising since the Twin Cities aren't that far from WI, but Spokane?  How that one got started is beyond me.
 
Portillo's is another one.  They're all over the Chicagoland area but there are also singles in Buena Park and Moreno Valley, CA.
 
(We ordered from Rocky's today and that's how I got to thinking about this.)
 
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    kland01s

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    Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 12:35 PM (permalink)
    Portillo's opened their first California store to satisfy requests from Chicago ex-pats, the 2nd probably because the first was popular!
     
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      fishtaco

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      Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 1:03 PM (permalink)
      Triple XXX Drive In, Root Beer a once multiple state chain has 2 locations. One in West Lafayette, In and one in Issaquah, Wa.
      <message edited by fishtaco on Tue, 03/27/12 2:24 PM>
       
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        buffetbuster

        Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 1:47 PM (permalink)
        Primanti Brothers has 17 locations around Western Pennsylvania, plus three more in SE Florida.  I assume this is for ex-Pittsburghers in the area.  Probably the same reason why you will find five Skyline Chili locations in Florida.
         
        And there are seven Ted's Hot Dogs locations in Western New York, plus one in Tempe, AZ.
         
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          BuddyRoadhouse

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          Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 2:17 PM (permalink)
          How about Kewpee Burger with one location (the original) in Lima, Ohio, and a second outpost in Racine, Wisconsin.  The really unusual thing for me as a Chicagoan, is that I've twice been to the one in Lima, but never visited the Racine location, less than 50 miles from my home.
           
          Buddy
           
          Kewpee Burger
          111 North Elizabeth Street
          Lima, OH
          (419) 228-1778
           
          520 Wisconsin Ave
          Racine, Wisconsin
          (262) 634-9601

           
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            eruby

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            Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 2:22 PM (permalink)
            Billy Goat Tavern ('Cheezborger Cheezborger') has locations all over Chicagoland, and one in Washington, D.C. 
             
            <message edited by eruby on Tue, 03/27/12 2:33 PM>
             
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              CCinNJ

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              Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 2:33 PM (permalink)
              Cluck-U (U is for University of course) has locations in NJ MD a few in PA one in OH...and one international location...in Lebanon.
               
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                rumaki

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                Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 2:38 PM (permalink)
                One psssible reason for the Minneapolis-Spokane connection -- in the olden days, Northwest had frequent non-stop flights between Spokane and Minneapolis.
                 
                They must have had that route for SOME reason, though I agree it's not as clear as is the Minneapolis/Naples, FL/Scottsdale, AZ connections that cater to snowbirds. 
                 
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                  buffetbuster

                  Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 2:51 PM (permalink)
                  Buddy-
                  There is also a Kewpee Lunch in downtown Lansing, not too far from the state capitol building.  All are really good! 
                  <message edited by buffetbuster on Tue, 03/27/12 3:07 PM>
                   
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                    Louis

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                    Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Tue, 03/27/12 6:21 PM (permalink)
                    G. D. Ritzy's has three locations in Evansville, Indiana and one location in West Virginia.  Maybe a stray location somewhere else.   They used to be all over the map.
                     
                     
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                      Heartbreaksoup

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                      Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 03/29/12 2:30 PM (permalink)
                      Chicken Express is a good one.  Dozens and dozens of stores all over Texas, and three in small towns that ring Athens GA: Lexington, Watkinsville and Danielsville
                       
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                        Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 03/29/12 2:37 PM (permalink)
                        Heartbreaksoup


                        Chicken Express is a good one.  Dozens and dozens of stores all over Texas, and three in small towns that ring Athens GA: Lexington, Watkinsville and Danielsville


                        Same can be said of Fuzzy's Tacos - another truly fine Texas franchise that is reaching "critical mass" very quickly.  It took Five Guys more than 10 years to get to 4 locations - all in NoVa; then, KA-BLAM!
                         
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                          kland01s

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                          Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 03/29/12 5:50 PM (permalink)
                          eruby


                          Billy Goat Tavern ('Cheezborger Cheezborger') has locations all over Chicagoland, and one in Washington, D.C. 


                           
                          They can have a million locations and they will still be terrible. Been to the original and hated it. Boring and tasteless, would only be good if John Belushi severed you personally and that's not going to happen. 
                           
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                            ScreamingChicken

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                            Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 03/29/12 9:06 PM (permalink)
                            kland01s

                            eruby


                            Billy Goat Tavern ('Cheezborger Cheezborger') has locations all over Chicagoland, and one in Washington, D.C. 

                            They can have a million locations and they will still be terrible. Been to the original and hated it. Boring and tasteless, would only be good if John Belushi severed you personally and that's not going to happen. 

                            You have your skits crossed...that would be his samurai character.
                             
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                              ces1948

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                              Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 03/29/12 9:39 PM (permalink)
                              Sometimes a person will buy a franchise far away from the original. There is a place called the Rib Crib in Lakeland, Fl. There are no others in Florida but dozens in Oklahoma.
                               
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                                mar52

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                                Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 03/29/12 11:26 PM (permalink)
                                Or... they're giving a relative a job.
                                 
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                                  kland01s

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                                  Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 03/30/12 9:44 AM (permalink)
                                  ScreamingChicken


                                  kland01s

                                  eruby


                                  Billy Goat Tavern ('Cheezborger Cheezborger') has locations all over Chicagoland, and one in Washington, D.C. 

                                  They can have a million locations and they will still be terrible. Been to the original and hated it. Boring and tasteless, would only be good if John Belushi severed you personally and that's not going to happen. 

                                  You have your skits crossed...that would be his samurai character.

                                   
                                  Oh come on Brad....   don't you remember Cheezborger, pepsi, no coke from SNL?!
                                   
                                  http://www.hulu.com/watch...the-olympia-restaurant
                                   
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                                    BuddyRoadhouse

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                                    Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 03/30/12 1:36 PM (permalink)
                                    kland, you missed your own misspelling:  You wrote "severed" instead of "served".
                                     
                                    You would be served a cheezborger, but severed by a samurai, hence the ChickenMan's joke.
                                     
                                    Buddy
                                     
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                                      kland01s

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                                      Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 03/30/12 1:49 PM (permalink)
                                      Gottcha! Oops!
                                       
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                                        Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Wed, 04/4/12 2:06 PM (permalink)
                                        ScreamingChicken


                                        Ever come across a small to medium-sized chain that has most of its locations in a single state or area but 1 or 2 completely elsewhere?  For example, the Rocky Rococo Pizza chain is based here in WI but has stores in Brooklyn Park, MN and Spokane, WA.  The MN location isn't too surprising since the Twin Cities aren't that far from WI, but Spokane?  How that one got started is beyond me.

                                         
                                        I am familiar with Rocky Rococo.  (In fact, that chain was the first to come to mind when I saw this thread since I am familiar with the fact they have a location in Washington state!)  I used to follow their restaurant development, and for a while they had restaurants in Illinois (Carpentersville, as well as Champaign, where I went a few times myself!) and Kentucky.  One person here in Dayton said they had a location there circa 1980.
                                         
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                                          Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Wed, 04/4/12 2:10 PM (permalink)
                                          Also, Cousins Subs, another Wisconsin outfit, with most restaurants in Wisconsin, but a handful in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, plus Arizona.  In the past they have had locations in Texas (DFW area), Indiana (tried to crack the Indianapolis market c. 2000, then they added a location in Scottsburg, closer to Louisville) and California (Victorville).
                                           
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                                            Wistah

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                                            Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Wed, 04/4/12 3:12 PM (permalink)
                                            Its a larger chain, but Chick Fil A has three locations locally in New England - one in New Hampshire and two in Mass. I think that they only have one in NY.
                                             
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                                              Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 04/5/12 8:41 AM (permalink)
                                              45013


                                              I am familiar with Rocky Rococo.  (In fact, that chain was the first to come to mind when I saw this thread since I am familiar with the fact they have a location in Washington state!)  I used to follow their restaurant development, and for a while they had restaurants in Illinois (Carpentersville, as well as Champaign, where I went a few times myself!) and Kentucky.  One person here in Dayton said they had a location there circa 1980.


                                              There was a Rocky's on 75th Street in either Woodridge or Darien (Chi-burbs for those not familiar with the area) for a few years back in the mid to late '80s but I believe it had closed by the early '90s.  The Chicago area's gotta be a tough pizza market to crack...
                                               
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                                                Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 04/5/12 10:33 AM (permalink)
                                                 
                                                Local cheap and big style Mexican food from Abelardo's has locations in Omaha, Des Moines, Wichita, and Spokane Valley WA. They are bringing a California/Arizona style taqueria to the midwest. Many of these are put in buildings that once housed other fast food restaurants. Worth checking out, but maybe not worth going out of your way.
                                                 
                                                http://abelardosmexicanfood.com/locations/
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Thu, 04/5/12 10:00 PM (permalink)
                                                  The Hal Smith Group of restaurants include, Charleston's, Hefner Grill, Krispy Kreme's, Louie's Grill & Bar, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Mama Roja's, Redrock Canyon Grill, Ted's Cafe Escondido, Toby Kieth's I Love This Bar & Grill, and Upper Crust Pizza. There's only a couple of each and they're scattered around OK, NB, TX, AZ, MO, AR.
                                                  Most are in OK. They are a restaurant management company that operates 10 concepts in 7 states with over 50 locations.
                                                  <message edited by Foodbme on Thu, 04/5/12 10:04 PM>
                                                   
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                                                    45013

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                                                    Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 04/6/12 1:52 AM (permalink)
                                                    Foodbme


                                                    The Hal Smith Group of restaurants include, Charleston's, Hefner Grill, Krispy Kreme's, Louie's Grill & Bar, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Mama Roja's, Redrock Canyon Grill, Ted's Cafe Escondido, Toby Kieth's I Love This Bar & Grill, and Upper Crust Pizza.

                                                     
                                                    What?  Was Krispy Kreme sold to Hal Smith Group?
                                                     
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                                                      kaszeta

                                                      Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 04/6/12 7:57 AM (permalink)
                                                      Hal Smith is the franchisee for KK for Oklahoma
                                                       
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                                                        kaszeta

                                                        Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 04/6/12 8:18 AM (permalink)
                                                        Some of these are due to expansion and then contraction.  I remember when I lived in Minneapolis, there were a fair number of Rocky Rococo's, but they were on the decline then (my officemate was from Milwaukee, and he loved going to the Rocky's in Dinkytown).
                                                         
                                                        Ted's Hot Dogs, as mentioned above, is to me the classic example.   I've had several people from the Buffalo area be surprised that I'm a Ted's fan, having grown up with Ted's in Tempe (it was, and still is, a favorite spot for my parents to lunch after church on Sunday).
                                                         
                                                        A related concept is restaurants that are either dead, or essentially dead, in their native area, but managed to keep alive franchises in other areas like overseas.  I've got a friend in the Philippines that likes Kenny Roger's Roasters....
                                                         
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                                                          ann peeples

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                                                          Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 04/6/12 9:17 AM (permalink)
                                                          George Webb-lots of locations in Milwaukee.....
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Smaller chains with odd locations Fri, 04/6/12 12:47 PM (permalink)
                                                            ann peeples


                                                            George Webb-lots of locations in Milwaukee.....


                                                             
                                                            George who?
                                                             
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