Smaller chains with odd locations

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2012/03/27 11:58:07
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.)
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 12:35:49
Portillo's opened their first California store to satisfy requests from Chicago ex-pats, the 2nd probably because the first was popular!
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 13:03:59
Triple XXX Drive In, Root Beer a once multiple state chain has 2 locations. One in West Lafayette, In and one in Issaquah, Wa.
post edited by fishtaco - 2012/03/27 14:24:32
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 13:47:47
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.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 14:17:47
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

eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 14:22:51
Billy Goat Tavern ('Cheezborger Cheezborger') has locations all over Chicagoland, and one in Washington, D.C. 
 
post edited by eruby - 2012/03/27 14:33:37
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 14:33:21
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.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 14:38:47
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. 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 14:51:53
Buddy-
There is also a Kewpee Lunch in downtown Lansing, not too far from the state capitol building.  All are really good! 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/03/27 15:07:21
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/27 18:21:23
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.
 
Heartbreaksoup
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/29 14:30:05
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
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/29 14:37:17
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!
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/29 17:50:27
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. 
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/29 21:06:07
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.
ces1948
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/29 21:39:49
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.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/29 23:26:02
Or... they're giving a relative a job.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/30 09:44:40
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
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/30 13:36:39
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
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/03/30 13:49:41
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45013
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/04 14:06:35
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.
45013
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/04 14:10:24
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).
Wistah
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/04 15:12:08
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.
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/05 08:41:28
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...
trzhotel
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/05 10:33:32
 
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/
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/05 22:00:56
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.
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/04/05 22:04:56
45013
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 01:52:27
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?
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 07:57:46
Hal Smith is the franchisee for KK for Oklahoma
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 08:18:28
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....
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 09:17:21
George Webb-lots of locations in Milwaukee.....
 
45013
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 12:47:34
ann peeples

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


 
George who?
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 13:28:44
George Webb.  When the Brewers scrore 5 or more runs in a game Webb's offers 6 burgers for $5, so on the radio broadcasts the 5th run is referred to as "the Webb's burger run".
plb
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/06 18:44:26
kaszeta
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....

I saw one in an airport in China last year.
Rt66Mike
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/19 20:11:26
Del Taco has an isolated location just outside of South Bend in Mishawaka, IN, also one in Toledo and a few scattered in the Twin Cities - most of the rest of them are on the west coast or in the southwest.  They did have a few locations in St. Louis that closed.
 
There was an isolated El Pollo Loco in South St. Louis county that opened a few years ago; I don't think it lasted a year before it closed.
Heartbreaksoup
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/20 15:13:33
Speaking of, Del Taco moved into South Carolina in 2010 with one store each in Rock Hill and Spartanburg.  The Spartanburg store closed last year, leaving just the one in Rock Hill, hundreds of miles from the nearest.
 
They're in the earliest stages of a return to Atlanta, with one store open in Snellville and two coming to Cobb County in the next few weeks, and plans for 50+ more, which, as a strategy, makes a heck of a lot more sense than what they did in South Carolina.
 
And Atlanta had nine El Pollo Loco stores from 2007-2011, again miles from any other EPLs.  The last one closed in October, and in fact Del Taco #3 is moving into its vacated space.
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/20 15:28:21
A few years back there was a Del Taco in Janesville, Wisconsin but it didn't last.
michaelcarraher
Cheeseburger
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/21 19:10:04
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. 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.

 
Don't they have locations in North Carolina?  Hal Smith was Otis, the Mayberry town drunk.  He got sober and started an ice cream business.  It's debateable whether Krispy Kremes are less addictive or healthier than the moonshine Otis used to consume.
 
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Smaller chains with odd locations 2012/04/22 17:43:00
In the 1990's there was a burger franchise out of Ft. Myers called Juicy Lucy's that had a number of stores in SW Florida ... and single locations in Maryland, Colorado, and Wisconsin.  Anyone remember them?