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libgirl2 Jul 29, 2008 07:58 AM

I have just been reading that they are closing their restaurants effective this morning! i haven't eaten there in ages but I was suprised by this. Odd though, I have noticed the chains are more and more empty at key eating times. Economy? Bad food?

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    Ralphie_in_Boston RE: libgirl2 Jul 29, 2008 08:18 AM

    I'm voting for a little bit of both...but especially the latter.

    There's also an oversaturation of chain restaurants in that category (i.e., "family" style places with pre-processed food such as Applebees, Ruby Tuesday,etc.) . Bennigan's is (was?) probably a pioneer in this genre. I will admit to being a customer of B's when I was in college but haven't been since then.

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      swsidejim RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Jul 29, 2008 08:49 AM

      not shocked, I dont think I have been to a Bennigans in over 10 years.

      Alot of people do not have that extra cash to go out as much right now, and when they do they are not going to waste it on Bennigans or some other chain.

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      jim1126 RE: libgirl2 Jul 29, 2008 09:28 AM

      Yes - and it's Bennigan's AND Steak and Ale, but only company-owned ones. Jury still out on franchised locations. The food at both of those chains was absolutely horrible. They used to be good... in the 1970s.

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        jlawrence01 RE: libgirl2 Jul 29, 2008 10:20 AM

        Bennigans has been a frequent stop for the past year. They were offering a $4.99 special for lunch which INCLUDED beverages and which was generally pretty good and better than most of the locally owned options. There were a couple of lousy items on the menu, the worst being a deep fried sandwich.

        You are going to see a lot more places close as there is a great oversaturation of restaurants in many areas as well as increasing commodity prices.

        1. danhole RE: libgirl2 Jul 30, 2008 09:53 AM

          There were a few things I really liked at Bennigan's, but over the past few years it got to be terribly inconsistent. One time I would have a perfect Monte Cristo, the next it would be a poor relative to what it should have been. They also changed their menu way too much. And the actual menu didn't always reflect the changes, so you would order one thing and it wouldn't be exactly what you thought you were getting. Asking a server was a waste of time. They would just shrug and say oh well. But I will also miss those pretzel rolls they had! Now I have to get a recipe!

          All the Steak 'n Ales are shutting down. They stopped serving our favorite flavored steak awhile back, but I found the marinade on line so it's not a big deal. I will miss the salad bar though.

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            zhelder RE: libgirl2 Jul 30, 2008 10:51 AM

            I used to love Bennigan's, but they went downhill pretty quickly. They used to make the world's greatest buffalo wings. About 5 years ago or so, they changed the wings, and a whole bunch of other stuff, and sadly, not for the better. They still put out some good burgers and fries and had some very good specials, but the menu was extremely limited in recent years and the food was not nearly as good as it used to be. Still, I'll miss them. Bennigan's was a great hangout spot in high school and college.Here in NJ, they were probably the first casual dining chain to hit it big, before Applebee's, Friday's, or the others.

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              steakrules85 RE: libgirl2 Jul 31, 2008 12:08 PM

              Thank god this place stunk. The only good thing was the monte Cristo sandwiches.

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                starbucksbrew RE: libgirl2 Aug 2, 2008 01:41 PM

                I'm usually not down on chains, but OMG Bennigan's was terrible! As was Steak & Ale when I went there for dinner a few weeks ago for the first time in years. It was so bad.

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