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View Poll Results: Are you interesting in bringing an IN and OUT Burger franchise to San Antonio?
Yes.....I love In and Out.....count me in! 94 52.22%
Yes.....I haven't tried one, but I'm open for anything new! 27 15.00%
No.....I'm not interested. 32 17.78%
I don't care either way. 26 14.44%
Maybe....I want to know what's involved. 1 0.56%
Voters: 180. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-09-2007, 01:13 PM
 
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Actually, Fud's is local...started right here in San Antonio, by Phil Romano (you know, Romano's Macaroni Grill?) but like all good things that start here (Rudy's, Macaroni, the Air Force) it has been franchised and spread all over the place, making it not "special" or unique to SoTX.

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Does it still count as local if it's a chain?

McDonald's is local then too.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:19 PM
 
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Been to CA many time and eat there whenever possible. I love their fresh cut fries and the simplicity of the menu. I would love to see them come here - but question if Texas is ready for a simplified hamburger joint that is closer to McDonald's than to Chesters. That said - it seems that it could work in a touristy area like the Quarry.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:25 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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Does it still count as local if it's a chain?

McDonald's is local then too.
No, no it's not it's comparing an multi-national to a restaurant that is still housed in it's original building. It's like chili's here in Dallas. The original from 1978 is still around on Greenville Ave. thus it's local. It has a different flair than all the others.
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:40 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Does it still count as local if it's a chain?

McDonald's is local then too.
No...McD's is not local...it was started in Deerfield, IL, so it's "local" to the Chicago area.

So by your criteria, would Rudy's still be considered local? How about Macaroni? I think if you ask folks in San Antonio, they would say they are.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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No...McD's is not local...it was started in Deerfield, IL, so it's "local" to the Chicago area.

So by your criteria, would Rudy's still be considered local? How about Macaroni? I think if you ask folks in San Antonio, they would say they are.
This site states that McD's first restaurant opened in San Bernardino, CA, which has always been my understanding of its history:

History of The Historic Site of the Original McDonald's in San Bernardino
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:57 PM
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Fuddruckers isn't local. They've been all over for ages.

Whataburger - yuck. It can't even compare!

There's a great burger joint off I-10 in the medical area, somewhere around Wurzbach (can't recall the name but excellent burgers). Sam's is good too.
The burger place you are speaking of is probably Chester's.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:20 PM
 
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No...McD's is not local...it was started in Deerfield, IL, so it's "local" to the Chicago area.

So by your criteria, would Rudy's still be considered local? How about Macaroni? I think if you ask folks in San Antonio, they would say they are.
I'm not a fan of Fuddruckers - or Chili's. Chain restaurants. I don't have set criteria, but I'd guess I'd say if it's in multiple states and diverged in quality from the original, then it's no longer a local joint. Is it still owned by the same family?

Even In N Out - which IS local to me in a way since I grew up very near the original, doesn't really qualify as local anymore now that it's spread to multiple states.

I'm just not a fan of chain restaurants period. I think it's unfortunate that the Riverwalk is All About the Chain. People are afraid to try anything different so they go to the chain. In N Out is excellent (usually), but as much as I miss it, I'd rather go to a true local place.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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This site states that McD's first restaurant opened in San Bernardino, CA, which has always been my understanding of its history:

History of The Historic Site of the Original McDonald's in San Bernardino
Very true, but the first "franchise" opened by Ray Kroc was opened in the Chicago area (the San Bernadino store wasn't owned by Kroc)...actually Des Plaines (not Deerfield as I mentioned earlier...my bad). So the one in San Bernadino wasn't actually a McDonald's, but rather the model after which McDonald's was fashioned, and the first of many stores that Ray Kroc would open

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Old 10-10-2007, 06:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yeah, I am sure that the folks who brought Krystals here thought it was a good idea as well! And that place has already shut down once (but is now reopened).

There are enough restaurants and burger joints in San Antonio. Sure, feel free to open another chain of fast food places, but don't be surprised if they tank. Krystals (and their cousins White Castles) have always done well on the East Coast, but after the initial thrill is gone, they have struggled here.

And please stop trying to Kalifonicate Texas!

Cheers! M2
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:54 AM
 
Location: LA
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Why is this even a sticky? It's a family owned business!
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