Your question about Franchise 'quality' is a good one. Using Doe's Eat Place
as an example...The original in Greenville MS is great, The Paducah KY Store operated by the son of the owner of the Original is also excellent (not quite the same ambience, but the food is as good). I have heard very good reports about the Little Rock AR Franchise Store, but haven't eaten there yet. The others (a couple of franchise outlets) haven't been heard from on this forum. I wonder if they are holding the standard? Did one in Oxford,MS close???
Out West, I have long been a fan of the Farmer Boy's
Mini-chain of Burger/Mex restaurants...from the days when there was just one, out near March AFB on the semi-freeway that later became the 215. When the chain expanded, the stores were generally operated by 'Family Members' of the original owner. They maintained the quality I always liked. However as was recently pointed out to me, there are now 75 Farmer Boys
reaching from Fresno to Las Vegas to the Mexican Border. The odds of maintaining that family-run atmosphere in that quick and rapid expansion of the business is pretty doubtful !
I am afraid that Wintzell's
franchisers may not have that same business attitude that the original owner has for his Mobile (and close-by neighborhood) restaurant operations.