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Just to note my typo in the headline... It's 300 restaurants, not 800. D'oh! :blush:

Just go to your original posts and do a full edit of the topic and subtopic.

I do it all the time, to much people chagrin! (I never thought I'd ever type that word, that's my first time!)

BTW, Applebees, TGI Fridays, Chili's, Ruby Tuesdays, Bennigans, and even Outback in some sense, all the same food.

Update, add Steak and Ale. . . if they even exist anymore.

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According to Wikipedia, Bennigan's is considered a "fern bar".

Fern bar is a slang term for an upscale or preppy (yuppie) bar or tavern usually decorated with ferns or other "fussy" plants, as well as such decor as fake Tiffany lamps.

"Fussy" plants, really!?!, I use that word more when a toddler having a tantrum!

You can't make this stuff up people, and if it is on Wikipedia, it's a fact. . .Jack! :lol:

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Wow! Was just at the Bennigan's on 1960/45 last Friday night! What?

We could have emptied the kegs now they will go to waste. Rats!

I had a feeling the end was near for them. The one at Gulfgate was shut down finally a few months ago. The clientele had hit the skids and so did the staff. Was a miracle it lasted this long.

RIP

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Oh Monte Cristo, I hardly knew yee....

j/k

I have not ate at a Bennegins in 20 years. Obviously I am not the only one.

It's been years since I've been to a Bennigans for good reason: The service sucked.

I avoid Applebees for the same reason. That, and well...the food sucks.

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Company spokeswoman Leah Templeton said franchised locations should not be affected, and it could not be determined immediately which of the Houston-area's 11 Bennigan's and six Steak & Ale locations will remain open.

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If any of those Bennigan's had actually answered their phones when I called today and said that, I'd be more inclined to believe that some of them were remaining open. :)

Anyway, I'm more apt to trust the Wall Street Journal than the Chronicle:

National restaurant chains Bennigan's and Steak & Ale have closed their doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, shuttering more than 300 locations and letting go of thousands of employees.

It is one of the country's largest restaurant bankruptcies and eliminates two sit-down chains that have been part of the casual-dining landscape for decades. The chains will liquidate and aren't likely to re-open.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1217347714...p_us_whats_news

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AP is reporting the same but you never know.

According to a recorded message on the law firm's answering system, not all stores using the Bennigan's and Steak & Ale trade names have filed for bankruptcy and some franchise locations were not included in the filing.

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Company spokeswoman Leah Templeton said franchised locations should not be affected, and it could not be determined immediately which of the Houston-area's 11 Bennigan's and six Steak & Ale locations will remain open.

Probably the ones with decent service and providing edible quality food...you mean to tell me there are there actually 11 of those that meet that criteria? LOL!!!

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Probably the ones with decent service and providing edible quality food...you mean to tell me there are there actually 11 of those that meet that criteria? LOL!!!

LOL no i think there are 11 in the houston area is what they meant.

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If any of those Bennigan's had actually answered their phones when I called today and said that, I'd be more inclined to believe that some of them were remaining open. :)

Anyway, I'm more apt to trust the Wall Street Journal than the Chronicle:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1217347714...p_us_whats_news

I'm rather suprised this story is even IN the Chronicle. I don't know how they'd work a left-wing slant into such a topic. I am sure if anyone could, they could find a way though! :lol:

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We had a lunch bunch that went to Bennigan's once a month. It was okay, never really THAT into the food, but it was cheap. That is one of the things I noticed was that their burgers and fries were like what you'd pay at McDonald's for a burger and fries.

I think they should have seriously considered raising their prices.

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Company spokeswoman Leah Templeton said franchised locations should not be affected, and it could not be determined immediately which of the Houston-area's 11 Bennigan's and six Steak & Ale locations will remain open.

Ate once at the Galleria location and had enough Bennigan's for the rest of my life. I wonder if that one is a Franchised location.

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Ate once at the Galleria location and had enough Bennigan's for the rest of my life. I wonder if that one is a Franchised location.

there may not be any here. i think i went in 2004 last with someone else who wanted to go and i caved.

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Weren't they "one heck of an Irish bar" or something like that? The one at the Park downtown used to have a deal where if you didn't get your meal in a certain number of minutes it was free.

Diversity killed that. In an in International city like Houston that monkier simply sounds outdated.

The one on Kirby/59 was sooooo nice when it was brand new circa 1987ish?

Went there (only out of complete desperation) about a year ago, to slam down and few and never, ever wanted to go back. Better to drink under a bridge with the bums and pass the wine bottle around. :lol:

That one needs the axe...like now.

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Diversity killed that. In an in International city like Houston that monkier simply sounds outdated.

I think something else must have killed it, since the "heck of an Irish bar" "monkier" was used by Birraporettis, not Bennigans.

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I believe the location by Reliant Park is franchised. I've only been once (which is the only time I've been to Bennigans in the last 15 years). The staff were nice and courteous but the restaurant itself was starting to show its age, especially in the furniture and decor.

The food was about what you'd expect at those type of places: very average.

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The one on Kirby/59 was sooooo nice when it was brand new circa 1987ish?

I actually thought that one have an incredibly nice parking lot. It had pavers and really mature trees.

Not much else about the restaurant though.

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We had a lunch bunch that went to Bennigan's once a month. It was okay, never really THAT into the food, but it was cheap. That is one of the things I noticed was that their burgers and fries were like what you'd pay at McDonald's for a burger and fries.

I think they should have seriously considered raising their prices.

The two or three times I've eaten at Bennigan's I had the opposite reaction. It was, "I'm paying $7.00 for this crap?!?"

I would much rather spend $5 at Whataburger or $4 at a taqueria.

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The two or three times I've eaten at Bennigan's I had the opposite reaction. It was, "I'm paying $7.00 for this crap?!?"

I would much rather spend $5 at Whataburger or $4 at a taqueria.

They are the typical $10 place, but it was in the same company as the rest of the casual restaurants.

Just sad that we will have all these vacant buildings.

Last thing Houston needed was more of them.

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The one at the Park downtown used to have a deal where if you didn't get your meal in a certain number of minutes it was free.

Yeah they did that at lunch at the one on Kirby/59. I think they even put some kind of stopwatch at the table right after we ordered and told us that, and I told them to take it away because I really don't care. I have been to a couple Bennigans here maybe 5 total times, and every time the place was pretty empty, depressing. But I do like the parking lot like Puma said, nice trees and pavers.

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My company sells (better yet, SOLD) to them and we were notified last night that their payment service for all of the Houston locations has been cancelled. We had trucks today with orders on them because the warehouse didn't get the memo until late this morning. Needless to say, we had to frantically track them down and make sure they didn't leave any deliveries at the restaurants!

Overall, Bennigan's was lame... but will still be missed. :(

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I wonder what will happen to the franchised restaurants in the Middle East. We eat at one here in Doha about once a week. It's actually a decent place to eat, with good service and food that's fairly tasty. In another surprise, the Applebees here is also much better than any location in the US. I won't eat at an Applebees in Houston, but the Doha location isn't bad.

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Oh Monte Cristo, I hardly knew yee....

j/k

I have not ate at a Bennegins in 20 years. Obviously I am not the only one.

I don't like the exterior, so I never go in. Well, almost never. I had to meet with someone in March and she arranged it in the one on Kirby/59. Didn't like the wings I ordered. The beer's good though, but that credit goes to AB in St Louis.

Too bad for the employees. Not a good time to lose your job, especially if you don't see it coming.

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Hopefully someone will be able to take that location (Kirby & 59) and make something nice out of it. However, that little area is awfully saturated with restaurants.

...then again, I guess you could say that about all of Houston. :lol:

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If you can't compete with Chili's and Applebee's, you deserve to close your doors. And that's what happened. Like many folks, I'd not been to a Bennigan's in years, and had no plans to do so again. I month or so ago I passed one, and wondered how they stayed in business. I guess I got my answer.

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They are the typical $10 place, but it was in the same company as the rest of the casual restaurants.

Just sad that we will have all these vacant buildings.

Last thing Houston needed was more of them.

That's the truth! This place is starting to look like a ghost town. I may be exaggerating a little, but not much....

I don't like the exterior, so I never go in. Well, almost never. I had to meet with someone in March and she arranged it in the one on Kirby/59. Didn't like the wings I ordered. The beer's good though, but that credit goes to AB in St Louis.

Too bad for the employees. Not a good time to lose your job, especially if you don't see it coming.

Yeah, AB that was sold to some European beverage conglomerate recently... :angry:

I hate globalism.

Hopefully someone will be able to take that location (Kirby & 59) and make something nice out of it. However, that little area is awfully saturated with restaurants.

...then again, I guess you could say that about all of Houston. :lol:

I think that's a jinxed intersection. Restaurants have always seemed to do poorly there on that corner. And if I remember correctly, there was an infamous shooting there at that Bennigan's location!

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Yeah they did that at lunch at the one on Kirby/59. I think they even put some kind of stopwatch at the table right after we ordered and told us that, and I told them to take it away because I really don't care. I have been to a couple Bennigans here maybe 5 total times, and every time the place was pretty empty, depressing. But I do like the parking lot like Puma said, nice trees and pavers.

Yep thats what I meant was that specific local (Kirky/59) was very professional and had a nice feel to it. The grounds were brand new and had a new look and many of those beautiful 1940-50's homes directly behind the Taco Cabana were all still there in a row. There is only one left? Blah. :angry:

This was when Bennigan's was one of the newest modern type of trendy places to lounge around and sip a few. There is just too much competition in this city now.

What's this about their parking lots? The one at I45 @ 1960 is just as barren as the other miles of parking lots in this city. Certainly nothing to marvel at.

Thats the one we were at Friday night. Very funky parking angle that makes the whole place seem well.. like its not there.

All the crowd is across the street drinking and watching the T & A at Hooters.

This Bennigans only played rap on the music box and had stale brew. Crater Houston? :)

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The one on Kirby was paved with bricks and had a fair amount of trees:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&...784138607007237

I guess the exoburb (or whatever my area is called) don't deserve trees. Just miles of hot a** concrete.

Yep thats what I meant was that specific local (Kirky/59) was very professional and had a nice feel to it. The grounds were brand new and had a new look and many of those beautiful 1940-50's homes directly behind the Taco Cabana were all still there in a row. There is only one left? Blah. :angry:

This was when Bennigan's was one of the newest modern type of trendy places to lounge around and sip a few. There is just too much competition in this city now.

Thats the one we were at Friday night. Very funky parking angle that makes the whole place seem well.. like its not there.

All the crowd is across the street drinking and watching the T & A at Hooters.

This Bennigans only played rap on the music box and had stale brew. Crater Houston? :)

It is a very funky angle. Actually that whole little strip is odd. It feels very stop and start and kinda 80s.

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That's the truth! This place is starting to look like a ghost town. I may be exaggerating a little, but not much....

Huh? :o

They closed 11. In a metro area that spans just over 10,000 square miles! That's the equivalent of one restaurant per area the size of Dallas County! :blink:

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Bennigan's was okay, but I'm going to miss Steak and Ale. I went just this past weekend and it was tasty... wish I went more often.

Funny you mention that; my wife and I have been talking about going to Steak and Ale for months. Specifically the Steak and Ale at Almeda Mall, that I've driven by at least tens of thousands of times in my life without ever stepping foot inside.

Neither of us had ever been into a Steak and Ale, but there's something attractive and secretive about them. We wondered what goes on behind those stained glass doors...

Unfortunately we were too late...unless someone knows of a Steak and Ale that's still in bidness!

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Unfortunately we were too late...unless someone knows of a Steak and Ale that's still in bidness!

There are none; all the Steak and Ales closed because they were all corporate. Bennigan's was half corporate, half franchised, and to my knowledge there are no franchises in Houston and only two franchises in DFW.

Their recipes are online, though. Do a Google search and you will find several recipes for the two chains' signature items.

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