Howard Johnson's was known for its fried clams and 28 flavors of ice cream.
The chain was an icon of the highway and byways of America.
However, it has largely disappeared since its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s.
There are no restaurants left, but the brand still exists in the form of hotels, of which there are around 150 across the US.
This Irish pub-themed casual dining restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy and closed all its corporate-owned stores in 2008.
Some franchised stores still exist, but the chain is a shadow of its former self.
Once a popular chain of Mexican cuisine restaurants, Chi-Chi's closed its remaining U.S. restaurants in 2004, following a Hepatitis A outbreak and subsequent bankruptcy.
Its failings included building its restaurants too big, but the hepatitis outbreak finished the company off.
The Associated Press reported at least 575 people contracted hepatitis A after dining at the restaurant in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 2003.
The virus was traced to green onions used in Chi-Chi's salsa.
This outbreak became the largest hepatitis A outbreak in American history.
By the time of the report, three people had died from the virus, but the death toll eventually reached four, with the number of cases exceeding 600.
Kenny Rogers Roasters
Made famous by a Seinfeld episode, this chicken-centered chain, co-founded by country singer Kenny Rogers, peaked in the mid-90s but has since closed all its U.S. locations.
However, it has found surprising success in Asia, where it continues to operate.
Founded by NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti, this fast-food restaurant was popular in the 1960s and 1970s, but ended up being purchased and absorbed by Roy Rogers in the 1980s.
Known for its buffet-style dining and steak-centered menu, many locations closed down in the early 2000s, and very few remain today.
The decline and eventual closure of many Bonanza Steakhouse locations can be attributed to a combination of factors, including management decisions, market competition, economic challenges, and changing consumer preferences.
Steak and Ale
Founded in 1966, Steak and Ale pioneered the concept of a casual dining chain with affordable steak dinners.
The restaurant filed for bankruptcy and closed its remaining locations in 2008.
Known for inventing the Klondike Bar, Isaly's was once a prominent chain of family-owned dairies and restaurants in the midwest.
The restaurants are gone, but the Klondike Bar lives on.
For the uninitiated, A Klondike Bar is a popular ice cream treat consisting of a square of vanilla ice cream coated with a thin layer of chocolate.
It's similar to a choc ice.
It was originally handmade in the early 1920s by the Isaly Dairy Company in Mansfield, Ohio. The name "Klondike" was derived from the Klondike River in Canada, evoking the sense of a cold, refreshing treat.