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The Next Big Chain Fri, 11/21/08 3:11 PM (permalink)

I just read this artilce on AOL. It is a list of 30 up and coming chains to look out for.

The only one that I've been to is 5 Guys Burgers and Fries.

http://smallbusiness.aol.com/features/next-big-chain?icid=100214839x1213055374x1200846789
 
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    cavandre

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    RE: The Next Big Chain Fri, 11/21/08 4:25 PM (permalink)
    The Granite City Food & Brewery looks intresting. I hate going out for a burger & the only thing on tap are Bud and/or Miller products.

    Anthony's Coal pizza may have some problems in some areas due to smoke/pollution laws already on the books.
     
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      Davydd

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      RE: The Next Big Chain Fri, 11/21/08 5:56 PM (permalink)
      We have several Granite City's in the Twin Cities and I haven't been to one. I noticed an Uncle Franky's in the Twin Cities and I had never heard of them. I had been to a Zea in Metarie, LA and a 5 Guys in Fairfax, VA.
       
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        rumaki

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        RE: The Next Big Chain Fri, 11/21/08 6:04 PM (permalink)
        I had lunch at a Granite City last summer with some visiting relatives. It's really very good for its type (chain brewpub). I liked their flatbread pizza a lot. Generous portions of food.

        Uncle Franky's -- I can't imagine this as a chain! There's one not too far from the U of Minnesota campus in a part of town known as Nordeast. The hot dogs are great, especially the Chicago-style dogs. They have other things, like Italian beef, as well. But the place itself is tiny, and a real hole-in-the-wall, no frills kind of place. You go in, go right to the counter, place your order, watch as the cooks prepare it, then take your food to a wobbly table (or, in good weather, to a picnic table outside), and eat it. There's some memorabilia around to add a little atmosphere, but it is hardly a "theme" restaurant. I love Uncle Franky's, just as it is. I'm skeptical of what would happen if they expanded it too much.
         
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          leethebard

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          RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/22/08 4:05 AM (permalink)
          Oh I highly recommend Surf Taco...been to the one in Point Pleasant and in the Silverton Section Of Toms River ...and like the article says...the BEST taco's in the world...or close, at least....California-Mexican...food with a flair...if you live near one in Jersey...give the Tsunami a try...if you dare!!!!
           
          #5
            MiamiDon

            RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/22/08 5:27 AM (permalink)
            I keep getting Sweet Tomatoes coupons in the mail, but they are about 50 miles away, so I have passed. Anthony's Coal-fired Pizza is in the north end of the county (I'm down south); maybe I'll make it there one of these days.

            I wouldn't mind a Hu Hot, a Stir Crazy or a Doc Chey's in the neighborhood. Something beyond sushi and low-rent Chinese.
             
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              AndreaB

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              RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/22/08 8:09 AM (permalink)
              I see Farrell's is on that list --- I would love for them to come back, even if I'm not sure they'd live up to childhood memories!

              Andrea
               
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                ellen4641

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                RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/22/08 10:52 AM (permalink)
                It seems like Five Guys has already "arrived"....no more "up and coming"!
                I've got 3 of them within 10 miles of me now...(in Atlantic City area)

                I like Raising Canes; been to one in near the casinos in Mississippi; they've even got some in Vegas now... real good chicken fingers, no processed taste...

                Sweet Tomatoes is just okay; I find when I leave there I'm still hungry..
                I need some MEAT ! Where's the beef

                 
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                  Wabbit

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                  RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/22/08 1:51 PM (permalink)
                  I second that.As a kid that was "the" place for a birthday party. Parents would order the Volcano, it was a Sundae with 40 scoops of ice cream, That created 10 kids on a sugar rush... I shudder to think of the carnage, good times...[8D
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by AndreaB

                  I see Farrell's is on that list --- I would love for them to come back, even if I'm not sure they'd live up to childhood memories!

                  Andrea
                   
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                    ScreamingChicken

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                    RE: The Next Big Chain Mon, 11/24/08 12:06 PM (permalink)
                    There's a Granite City near my parents' house and it's a popular choice when they're in Grandparent Mode and are taking my kids out to eat. I've never been there myself but I wonder if it's similar to[url='http://www.rockbottom.com/']Rock Bottom[/url], another chain brewpub.

                    Brad
                     
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                      Svenskporr

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                      RE: The Next Big Chain Mon, 11/24/08 3:42 PM (permalink)
                      Brother Jimmy - good for what it was and very reasonably priced for NYC. If I lived in NYC I'd go there for barbecue but it wouldnt hold up further south.

                      Chopt - I've seen these in DC but I don't normally eat out at "healthy" places.

                      Firehouse Subs is good, the meats they use are pretty solid, they do the toasting, toppins, etc. and are reasonably priced.

                      Love Five Guys, although I worry they are getting too widespread. I go to the oldest Five Guys location in Arlington and it is better than other locations I've tried.

                      Vocelli's is a bit expensive. Their Meat Magnifico pizza is good though.

                      I'll probably check out the Raising Cane's in Charlottesville soon.
                       
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                        DavidEMartin

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                        RE: The Next Big Chain Tue, 11/25/08 9:12 AM (permalink)
                        I'm glad to see Farrell's has surviv4ed and may return. I enjoyed eating there at Illinois restaurants in the early 80s.
                         
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                          collinf

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                          RE: The Next Big Chain Tue, 11/25/08 9:13 AM (permalink)
                          quote:
                          Originally posted by Brad_Olson

                          There's a Granite City near my parents' house and it's a popular choice when they're in Grandparent Mode and are taking my kids out to eat. I've never been there myself but I wonder if it's similar to[url='http://www.rockbottom.com/']Rock Bottom[/url], another chain brewpub.

                          Brad


                          Brad:

                          Yes, I would say the closet thing Granite City comes to that is also out there is Rock Bottom.
                           
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                            Earl of Sandwich

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                            RE: The Next Big Chain Fri, 11/28/08 8:32 AM (permalink)
                            My guess would be Five Guys.
                             
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                              JRPfeff

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                              RE: The Next Big Chain Fri, 11/28/08 9:00 AM (permalink)
                              A Five Guys just opened near my home. What is their attraction?

                              I'll be surprised if this franchisee survives more than a year. I went once and have no reason to ever go back. It isn't just that their burgers are bland and overpriced (Mickey D's Double Cheeseburger is superior to that hockey puck). They offer nothing for anyone dining with me who does not feel like eating a burger.

                              Five Guys is Fuddruckers recycled (less any variety) in my opinion.

                              jrp
                               
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                                Earl of Sandwich

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                                RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/29/08 6:53 AM (permalink)
                                Somebody should start a new thread about 5 Guys. There doesn't seem to be enough.
                                 
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                                  MetroplexJim

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                                  RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/29/08 8:29 AM (permalink)
                                  quote:
                                  Originally posted by Earl of Sandwich

                                  Somebody should start a new thread about 5 Guys. There doesn't seem to be enough.


                                  Yeah! By all means let's have another 10 page pi$$ing match over "squished" burgers! (Some of our fellows - even though they have never been to a 5 Guys - are absolutely INFLAMED at the Guys insistence on finishing their burgers to where the juice runs clear. They do this for legal reasons - nothing could ruin their burgeoning business faster than an e-coli lawsuit.

                                  All kidding aside, here is a new "5 Guys / In-N-Out" clone that looks pretty good for lunch today: http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=68994

                                  What caught my eye in the review was the reviewer observing (that) "Despite the slim profile of the patties, the meat in my GoGo Burger sported a welcome bit of pink and plenty of juicy, drippy goodness".
                                   
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                                    leethebard

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                                    RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/29/08 3:41 PM (permalink)
                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by MetroplexJim

                                    quote:
                                    Originally posted by Earl of Sandwich

                                    Somebody should start a new thread about 5 Guys. There doesn't seem to be enough.


                                    Yeah! By all means let's have another 10 page pi$$ing match over "squished" burgers! (Some of our fellows - even though they have never been to a 5 Guys - are absolutely INFLAMED at the Guys insistence on finishing their burgers to where the juice runs clear. They do this for legal reasons - nothing could ruin their burgeoning business faster than an e-coli lawsuit.

                                    All kidding aside, here is a new "5 Guys / In-N-Out" clone that looks pretty good for lunch today: http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=68994

                                    What caught my eye in the review was the reviewer observing (that) "Despite the slim profile of the patties, the meat in my GoGo Burger sported a welcome bit of pink and plenty of juicy, drippy goodness".
                                     
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                                      Space

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                                      RE: The Next Big Chain Sat, 11/29/08 10:52 PM (permalink)
                                      I've only been to three on the list.

                                      Five Guys and Sweet Tomatoes are pretty decent for what they're worth, although I've never really been that crazy about Five Guys burgers. I can get much better burgers at a couple of local dives here in central Florida.

                                      For anyone in the Orlando or Atlanta areas, I strongly recommend Season's 52. The place has a cool concept, and both times I've been to the location near Universal Studios, the food was completely off the charts. Besides the whole seasonal menu thing, every item on their menu has less than 475 calories according to their website.

                                      As far as what else looked good, I'll be curious to see how Anthony's Coal Fired goes over when they eventually open here in Tampa Bay.

                                       
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                                        MetroplexJim

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                                        RE: The Next Big Chain Sun, 11/30/08 9:44 AM (permalink)
                                        True to my word, I tried out "Go Go Burger" for lunch yesterday.

                                        http://www.guidelive.com/portal/page?_pageid=33,97400&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&item_id=68994

                                        http://www.gogoburgerusa.com/

                                        The burger was good, but even with a little "pink" in the middle, Five Guys' has nothing to worry about.

                                        The only distressing thing was their poorly-thought-out food delivery system: sitting at the counter I saw that my order was "up" exactly seven minutes before it was presented to me. Amusingly, during this time the waitress/cashier picked up my burger twice to stare inside it while my fries were getting cold! As I was in "review" mode I said nothing, but resolved not to return.
                                         
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                                          Robearjr

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                                          RE: The Next Big Chain Sun, 11/30/08 7:15 PM (permalink)
                                          It seemed like this list had some reaches. I can see putting a place like Five Guys as the next big chain, but a lot of the rest of this list has places with two or three locations. How can someone say Farrell's is the next big chain - and don't get me wrong, I loved Farrell's as a kid- when the place went from being a national chain to only having three locations. Then they list Elevation Burger, a chain with only one location. Now, every chain begins with one restaurant, but what is the justification for including Elevation above every other restaurant that has one location to go along with big dreams of expansion?
                                           
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                                            rmcielwain

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                                            RE: The Next Big Chain Mon, 12/1/08 7:34 PM (permalink)
                                            I can vouch for Firehouse (location 25 miles down I-10), especially their New York Steamer Sub made with corned beef &
                                            pastrami, plus a pickle spear (separate from the sandwich) also.

                                             
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