Famous Restaurant Chains That Went Out of Business


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In the 1970s, Mexican dinner options were hard to come by in the Midwest. That is, until Chi-Chi’s came along in 1975, opening its first location in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chi-Chi’s went on to open 237 location by 1986, and became well-known for signature dishes like their chimichangas and deep-fried ice cream.

Unfortunately, business took a hit in the late ’80s due to a downturn in overall drinking and the aging of Chi-Chi’s baby boomer demographic. The final blow came in 2003, when a Pittsburgh location was found responsible for the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in US history, sickening 660 and killing 4. As a result, no Chi-Chi’s restaurants exist in the U.S. today.