Restaurant Chains Disappeared In 2022

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Hometown Burger

San Antonio lost a popular burger joint. Hometown Burger abruptly closed all eight of its locations last month.

Hale & Hearty

Hale & Hearty started debuted in New York City about 20 years ago as a soup-and-sandwich spot. People likened it to Panera Bread, which debuted in 1987.

Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson's, founded in 1929 and known for its 28-flavor ice cream, grew to over 1,000 stores in the mid-20th century.

Nestle Café

Crest Foods sold Nestle Café to FAT Brands last month after declining foot traffic and a years-long litigation with its parent company.


GameWorks was founded in 1996 as a joint venture between Sega and DreamWorks, featuring fully-catered video gaming arcade, bowling, and billiards.

An apparently solid business concept. DreamWorks sold its GameWorks stake in 2001. Two bankruptcies and $28.9 million in losses ensued.


Buffet chain is owned by Fresh Acquisitions (previously Buffets Inc.), which entered bankruptcy in April.

Old Country Buffet

Old Country Buffet was part of Fresh Acquisitions' autumn portfolio sale to BBQ Holdings.

BBQ Holdings has no intentions to relaunch Old Country Buffet, Ryan's, Furr's, or Hometown Buffet.

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