Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse
Residents of New York and New Jersey may be familiar with Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill, which currently has 16 operating chains in those states. The Fresh Grill rose from the ashes of an earlier restaurant concept, Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse. With its first location opening in Warren, New Jersey in 1966, the chain became famous for its salad bar and enjoyed a period of marked success in the ’90s, when it first expanded into New York and Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, the good times didn’t last, and the company declared bankruptcy in 2011. It was sold to a private equity company, and today what remains is a handful of locations in its home state of New Jersey, as well as New York.