Part of growing up is saying goodbye to the wonderful stores and restaurants that you grew up with. We miss these 15 chains most of all:
1. Kenny Rogers Roasters
This strange collaboration between country music star Kenny Rogers and KFC magnate John Y. Brown actually drew good reviews, and spread to more than 350 locations. It was killed here in the states by competition from other casual dining chains, but it's still thriving in Asia.
How does Rogers feel about the chain's failure? He says that mainly he misses "those little corn muffins that actually had corn in them."
2. Steak and Ale
This sit-down restaurant introduced the self-serve salad bar, and it was also well known for being dirt cheap - $2 filet mignon, anyone? The chain spread to over 100 locations in 24 states, but lost customers to modern chains like Applebees. Surprisingly, a new Steak and Ale is opening this year, 10 years after the last one closed.
If you love Tex-Mex food, you can thank this chain. It popularized the style when it introduced menu items like grande nachos. It flourished from the late '70s to early '90s before bankruptcy and a massive hepatitis A outbreak (three people died) finished the franchise. You can still buy their sauce in some grocery stores.
4. Burger Chef
In the 1960s, Burger Chef was actually a strong competitor for McDonald's and had just 100 less locations across the country. When it peaked in 1971, there were 1,200 Burger Chef restaurants in America. The chain also introduced the Fun Meal, the first kiddie meal to include a plastic toy.
Chris's Burgers in Rialto, California was transformed into a "Burger Chef" for an episode of Mad Men, so you should plan a visit if you're feeling nostalgic.
This restaurant's unusual signature dish was beer-steamed hot dogs, but it was actually their innovative glass doors that made this chain a success. By 1969, Lum's was so successful the owner's bought the Caesar's Palace casino for $60 million. Meanwhile, the chain switched hands and eventually went bankrupt.
Do you remember these restaurants? How about the rest of these chains...