Famous Restaurant Chains That Went Out of Business


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First opening in Winter Haven, Florida in 1956, this fast-food restaurant chain originally went by the name Burger Queen. A force in the Midwest and south, the restaurant had opened 50 locations in Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennesse by 1973, serving burgers and fried chicken, and offering a salad bar.

In 1981, the name was changed to Druther’s in order to showcase the restaurant’s non-burger options. At that point, the chain had opened 171 locations across 7 states. While the chain succeeded for a while, in the ’90s its parent company decided to convert most Druthers restaurants into Dairy Queens. 

Today, only one Druther’s remains in Campbellsville, Kentucky.