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Old 08-30-2014, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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OK, OK, I get it. If there are any chain restaurants in the northeast, then they're only in tourist areas and only people who don't live there eat there.

Gotcha.

And I'll cut you all a really great deal on some ocean front property in Arizona!
I didn't say that and you are obviously blowing it out of proportion to make it seem ridiculous. There are significantly fewer chains in non-tourist areas in the north than there are in tourist areas. There are more local chains in the north than there are in the south and more chains in the south than there are in the north.

Chains exist almost everywhere. My family and most northeasterners that I know of typically avoid these places, we simply have very little reason to bother with them. There are of course places to eat that have multiple locations that are still not chains either. You can't compare random Italian restaurant with 5 or 6 locations with Olive Garden for example.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Uhm... no.

Uhm...yes.

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You get that multiple locations doesn't mean "Chain Restaurant" right?
What's your definition of "chain restaurant?" Mine is:
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Chain stores are retail outlets that share a brand and central management, and usually have standardized business methods and practices. Before considered a chain, stores must meet a litmus test; it must have more than 10 units in 2 or more distinct geographies under the same brand and have a central headquarters, otherwise it offers franchise contracts or is publicly traded.
Chain store - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But for the sake of this discussion, I would bet that most people are including independently owned franchise restaurants in the mix as well.

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Result 12: Uncle Julio's has one location.
Uncle Julio's is a chain.
https://www.unclejulios.com/locations/

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Result 17: Francesca’s On Taylor
Francesca's is a chain.
http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115

Clearly you are not always aware of what's a chain restaurant and what's not. Just think...you've probably eaten at chain restaurants in the past and NOT EVEN KNOWN IT. OH THE HORROR!

Have a great weekend. Just be careful where you eat.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Derby, CT
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Uhm...yes.



What's your definition of "chain restaurant?" Mine is:

Chain store - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But for the sake of this discussion, I would bet that most people are including independently owned franchise restaurants in the mix as well.



Uncle Julio's is a chain.
https://www.unclejulios.com/locations/



Francesca's is a chain.
http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115

Clearly you are not always aware of what's a chain restaurant and what's not. Just think...you've probably eaten at chain restaurants in the past and NOT EVEN KNOWN IT. OH THE HORROR!

Have a great weekend. Just be careful where you eat.
I'm not from Chicago my friend, I pointed to you where I'm from. Chicago is a tourist area where chains are going to be present. Picking out a major downtown district and saying "look at all the chains!" is not going to represent the vast majority of where the LOCALS eat and it certainly won't represent the eating habits of northerners in general.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:21 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Bruegger's Bagels is a regional chain here that the south won't get. Not really a restaurant though. Bertucci's and Papa Gino's Pizza? Legal Sea Foods?

Chains that started in New England - Business news - Boston.com

Subway, Friendly's and of course Dunkin Donuts started in New England.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Bruegger's Bagels is a regional chain here that the south won't get. Not really a restaurant though. Bertucci's and Papa Gino's Pizza? Legal Sea Foods?

Chains that started in New England - Business news - Boston.com

Subway, Friendly's and of course Dunkin Donuts started in New England.
We have Bruegger's in Charlotte.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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Potbelly's is a chain that is here in Texas that is loved and frequented by Chicagoans, but...IT STARTED IN CHICAGO as a one store shop.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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Originally Posted by KathrynAragon View Post
Uhm...yes.



What's your definition of "chain restaurant?" Mine is:

Chain store - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

But for the sake of this discussion, I would bet that most people are including independently owned franchise restaurants in the mix as well.



Uncle Julio's is a chain.
https://www.unclejulios.com/locations/



Francesca's is a chain.
http://www.miafrancesca.com/static.asp?path=3115

Clearly you are not always aware of what's a chain restaurant and what's not. Just think...you've probably eaten at chain restaurants in the past and NOT EVEN KNOWN IT. OH THE HORROR!

Have a great weekend. Just be careful where you eat.
Francesca's started off as a local restaurant in Chicago then expanded.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I'm not from Chicago my friend, I pointed to you where I'm from. Chicago is a tourist area where chains are going to be present. Picking out a major downtown district and saying "look at all the chains!" is not going to represent the vast majority of where the LOCALS eat and it certainly won't represent the eating habits of northerners in general.
LOL I didn't "pick a tourist area." The search encompassed all of Chicago.

But I'm not from Chicago either. I'm from New Orleans - one of the greatest foodie cities in the world, filled with locally owned eateries.
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Bruegger's Bagels is a regional chain here that the south won't get. Not really a restaurant though. Bertucci's and Papa Gino's Pizza? Legal Sea Foods?

Chains that started in New England - Business news - Boston.com

Subway, Friendly's and of course Dunkin Donuts started in New England.
Hate to break it to you, but the South's got Bruegger's Bagels.

https://www.brueggers.com/locations

And Bertucci's:
Bertucci's Italian Restaurant | Brick Oven Pizza | Bertuccis.com

And Legal Sea Foods:
Legal Sea Foods - The Standard for Quality and Freshness in the Restaurant Business.

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Old 08-30-2014, 07:55 AM
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Well, ok, you said that we had chains the south didn't. C'mon someone find one! I grew up in downstate NY, never saw Bruegger's Bagels until moving up here. They're in upstate in a few spots, I thought they were a New England / eastern upstate NY. Perhaps they skipped over the NYC area because they couldn't compete with local delis and bagels?

Bruegger's Bagels started near Albany, but they're now based in Burlington, Vermont.
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