10 Things Remembered: Chain Restaurants
With apologies to non-U.S. readers who may not be familiar with these eateries, I offer the following 10 things:
- when Ruby Tuesday’s served breadsticks while you waited for your order?
- when Red Lobster served black olives with their Caesar salad?
- when Wendy’s had an apple dumpling as a dessert option? or when they had a salad bar?
- when McDonald’s signs were only in the millions (instead of the current “billions and billions”) and were updated periodically to reflect recent sales?
- when A&W was a drive-in and had “baby” mugs of root beer?
- when Pizza Hut was a sit-down restaurant?
- Shakey’s, where the pizza was served at long, family-style tables with ragtime music and old b&w films playing in the background?
- when Howard Johnson’s was at every highway exit and, in the south, that it shared the turf with Stuckey’s?
- Lum’s (a 1960s-1970s predecessor to today’s Applebee’s-style restaurants)?
- Taco Bell’s “12 Days of Christmas” glasses promotion? (I’m proud to say I have all 12!)
Over the years, we’ve frequented each of these restaurants many times, and each of them has a special spot in our family’s history. For example, our daughter’s first outing, just a day or two out of hospital, was at Lum’s where, as I recall, she gummed a dill pickle (or maybe a lemon wedge?). Am I the only person on the planet that remembers Wendy’s apple dumplings? And, can it be that I have the only complete set of “12 Days” glasses?
Please chime in with your own chain restaurant memories…I would love to know your recollections about these or other favorite restaurants.
I’m participating in Shimellle’s “10 things blogged on the tenth” blog party. If you haven’t already, blog your ten items and join in!