Popular Burger Chains That Are Currently Shrinking

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This Atlanta darling was troubled before the outbreak. Its parent business filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2020, citing the chain's ageing and strong competition.

The company lost money due to internet delivery and changing customer demands.

Hometown Burger

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


This family-friendly establishment has been serving fresh ice cream and Big Beef Burgers since 1935.

Friendly's had 850 outlets in the '90s. In the last decade, it's struggled to survive.

Johnny Rockets

Johnny Rockets' vintage design, hand-spun milkshakes, and gourmet hamburgers date to 1986.

The brand has had a tough decade, changing parent companies and seen its shop count drop.

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday, founded in 1972, grew in the '90s with Applebee's and TGI Fridays. The chain's stock price peaked at $33 per share in 2004.

TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays dates to 1965. The business began as a singles bar but switched to family eating in the 1970s.

TGI Fridays, like Ruby Tuesday, grew fast in the early 2000s under Carlson's management.

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