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I noticed something recently. Remember "Coffee Shops" as in "Copper Penny" "Bob's Big Boy" "Denny's" "IHOP" - are those disappearing where you live?

Because they have vanished in Phoenix. We used to live in coffee shops, drinking free refills all day. Now it is all high-end restaurants or fast food.

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Places such as those are still popular in the southeast. In fact IHOP is building a new restaurant in our town. But perhaps it is because we have a lot of Interstate traffic.
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I live in Dunkin Donuts Land.People take it intravenoulsy here,and there is one on every corner. Tables inside depending on the area, can be filled at times...

We had a Denny's for a second, many years go, and a Bob's Big Boys, even longer ago then that...Many bakerys around here serve coffee and tea,& have tables as well..and there is always Panera, you can sit forever...
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Places such as those are still popular in the southeast. In fact IHOP is building a new restaurant in our town. But perhaps it is because we have a lot of Interstate traffic.

They sure are. We have a few in my neck of the woods.


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We used to have an I-hop, but it is no longer, kind of sad. As for Duncan Donuts, love their coffee, also lots of Starbucks, but I like DD over that...I do also remember Bob's big boys, gosh, that was a long time ago....Yep, things are changing all the time.
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I used to work at Sambos. Have spent plenty of time in Denny's. Still go to IHOP frequently and Waffle House from time to time. Denny's is a couple miles away and has a good AARP discount.
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Here in Canada it is Tim Hortons. You can sit there for ever and enjoy their free Wi-Fi. They use to be just coffee and donuts but they continue to expand their menu and have great soups and sandwiches. They are building new shops all the time and expanding south of the border also. On the other hand we are beginning to see Panera Bread shops opening up here.
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We were surprised in Massachusetts, when Tom Horton, thought they could make a dent here. Dunks is so entrenched here, it was suicide. They eventually pulled out of New England, as did Krispy kreme..People here bleed coffee, & love donuts, but, only one brand. I am sure the same can be said for T.H. in Canada.

There are small Mom & Pops coffee shops around too.
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As Trip said, New England is Dunkin Donuts land for sure. Here in central Connecticut where we live, there are 4 Dunkins within a mile of our condo complex. Two are pure Dunkin shops, and the other 2 are part of convenience stores.

There was a Tim Horton's near us as well awhile ago. About a block from one of the Dunkins shops. Lasted a few months and now it's a bank.

There is one IHOP that I am aware of, and there might still be a Krispy Kream in one of the casino's still. One did open a few years ago just south of Hartford (on the Berlin Turnpike for those of you familiar with the state) and initially the lines were literally out the door. It lasted maybe 2 years.

There are Starbuck's, but this truly is Dunkin territory.

One last note. When we were in Barcelona last mont while on our TA, we were walking down a street area called La Rambla. There on one corner what do we see? A Dunkin Donuts !

Remember, America Runs on Dunkin's....don't forget to ask for your senior discount...it's 10% here in Connecticut....
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Sid, I always wondered why that Krispy Kreme on the pike closed. It was so busy that it was creating traffic jams.


Now that I live in Florida, we still go to Dunkin Donuts and get our 10% discount.


I will be in Ct. in a couple of weeks. Besides visiting my daughters and my son, I can check out the coffee shops up there.


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Krispy Kreme is a real "what happened?" story (and I don;t know).

As far as I know they started in New York, but in the early 2000 they went nationwide and for about two years people just loved them everywhere. They popped up like daisies nationwide.

Then they all just quietly disappeared. I suppose it was the calorie consciousness factor - but that was very strange.

There are still a few franchises that used to be VERY popular around - but they have become pretty rare. We still have a 31-Flavors from my high school days in the same location. Taco Bell & Jack in Box are still around. I remember when both were new and they all looked the same.

Remember Burger King (10-cent hamburgers)?

I guess the South still has coffee shops, but here in Phoenix now you cannot find a single Denny's, or Sambos (what a funny name), maybe the rare IHOP (but I doubt it). In California there used to be "Norm's" and Copper Penny. These places were goldmines.

How about Shakey's Pizza? or the "Great American Spaghetti Company"

Even places like "Baja Fresh" are disappearing here.

Getting back to "coffee shops" - that is what "diner" restuarants were called. That term barely exists anymore. Google it - now it refers to Starbucks, Costa Coffee Company, etc - all about real coffee - not food.
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As with the others, Krispy Kreme is huge in the south. They started in North Carolina back in the 1930s. They have a store in Huntsville and they also are in every grocery and convenience store around here. Great fundraiser too, for high school sports teams and veterans groups. We could always tell when some cheerleader squad was selling Krispy Kreme at the intersections heading to the nuclear plant in the morning . Workers would be filing through the gatehouse carrying boxes of them (dozen glazed donuts). I think the deal is $5 a box and Krispy Kreme sells them to the groups for $3.

Anyway, they had a lot of problems when they tried to expand which is how they came to NY and other places. An IPO blew up on them and then the SEC came after them for accounting fraud. Thus a lot of the new stores were closed and they left many markets.

The company is now opening shops in other countries, such as Taiwan and probably mainland China too.

A fresh Krispy Kreme is amazingly good, so light and sweet. You can eat a box of them before you realize it. But they don't last long before getting stale.
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I should have added that most of Krispy Kreme's business is in retail sales of their donuts and not as brick and mortar donut shops.
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There is a Denny's, I-Hop and Dunkin Doughnuts all within a mile of where I live.
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I didn't think a Sambos was still around. Reallly? Many yaers ago there was one, but it became Dennys, shortly thereafter. We have not had a Dennys, Long John Silver, or Jack in the Box for a zillion years here. Never had a Shakeys either.
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There is one Sambo's left, in Santa Barbara California. They did sell many of their properties in the northeast to Denny's.

We have a lot of Shoney's in the south, which is like Denny's or Sambo's. Shoney's was affiliated with Big Boy and used to have the Big Boy on the sign. The chain has dwindled though and according to wiki they are down to under 300 restaurants.

Our big draw is Cracker Barrel, which isn't really a coffee shop since they seat so many.

Our little town of Athens, AL, has an old time coffee shop named Dub's Burgers. It's really just a little diner type place with the usual short order menu. It's the place where the older characters in town sit and hold court while drinking endless cups of coffee and telling stories. They are more part of the charm of the place than they are paying customers.
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Paul, Norm's is our favorite coffee shop. We go there twice a week, one of those being every Tuesday for their delicious meatball soup. They are open 24-7, serve fresh food at reasonable prices. That's why they are always busy.

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Dave, sometime we should meet for a coffee at the Athen's Cracker Barrel; we really like that one. Of course, we have been on a diet for two months so haven't stepped foot into a Cracker Barrel. Or, you can come down 72 a few miles to our brand new Dunkin Donuts or our brand new IHOP.

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The Dunkin Donuts on Carl Jones or Memorial? I haven't been in a Dunkin Donuts in 35 years, since I left NY for the balmy, yet often stormy skies of the Huntsville metropolitan statistical area.
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In Canada, and particularly in the Maritimes, it's all about Tim Hortons. In the small rural towns where I live and work, Tim's is THE place to be, always somebody to talk to, even if they're a stranger to you, doesn't matter. We were stunned when we moved here to find strangers so friendly, and everyone hangs out at Tim's.


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The Dunkin Donuts on Carl Jones or Memorial? I haven't been in a Dunkin Donuts in 35 years, since I left NY for the balmy, yet often stormy skies of the Huntsville metropolitan statistical area.
There is a new Dunkin just east of Madison Hospital on 72; just a few miles from Athens. Just past the new IHOP.

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I think we've got almost every restaurant noted above here in Lakeland, Florida. I do have to drive to Tampa to get a Krispy Kreme Donut from a Brick and Mortar store however. Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donut, Bob Evans, I-Hop, Dennys, Waffel House, Burger King, Sonnys Bar-B-Q, Captain D's, McDonalds, Starbucks, all the various Pizza Joints, and almost any other restaurant you can name, (except Hortons) is around here someplace, plus all the other "local" establishments, and chains. No shortage of variety here!

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I wish we had Bob Evans around here. The nearest one is in Nashville, 90 miles away. I love their sausage gravy and biscuits.
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I wish we had Bob Evans around here. The nearest one is in Nashville, 90 miles away. I love their sausage gravy and biscuits.
Right you are Dave. They have the best sausage, and therefor the best sausage gravy you can get! I spend a lot of time at Bob Evans.

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I go to our local coffee shop just about every day. It's a Caribou Coffee (somewhat like Starbucks) and is the local meeting place for people. It's a good way to stay up on local news and visit with the towns people.

Many people there once went to the local "diner" restaurant but they would sit there for two to three hours during prime breakfast time and have the $1,00 bottomless cup of coffee, take up table space, and tip the waitress .25. The owner finally put a $3 minimum during breakfast hours. I don't blame him. It was hurting his business.

I was never a Krispy Kreame fan. When I moved to Birmingham in '83, I was told that the greatest donut on earth was at KK. I went in, tried one, and while it wasn't bad, it was just sugar coated air.

Krispy Kreame's expansion debacle is now being taught in the U of M Carlson Business School. They expanded too fast, cut their own throat by opening Krispy Kreame shops and then selling to retailers. They had Krispy Kreames franchises right next to grocery stores selling the exact same product.

They got the hype up but couldn't deliver a product that, after the initial hype wore off, most areas of the country didn't want it. There are number of other reasons; health conscious, local competition, etc. that also made the expansion a failure.

I do remember when they first came to Minnesota there were people driving miles to get dozens of donuts. That lasted about two months. They started closing six months later. They are no longer here and I don't know of any grocery chains in the area that still carry them.

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I wish we had Bob Evans around here. The nearest one is in Nashville, 90 miles away. I love their sausage gravy and biscuits.

I love to go to Bob Evans for breakfast and do so very often. Our nearest one is less than 5 miles away.


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We have not had a Dennys, Long John Silver, or Jack in the Box for a zillion years here.
Funny - we still have all of those.

To be clear; when I say "coffee shop" I am referring to the kind of restaurant that featured breakfast and lunch, mostly, and sometimes dinner; Like Dennys. Not fast food or Starbucks.

I liked "Norm's" a lot, and place on Santa Monica Blvd called "Theodores"

A lot of the coffee shops started serving food that was no better than fast food. I think that is why they went under. The last time I tried a Denny's the hamburger was so greasy I just asked for my money back.

They used to be good, though, for pancakes, waffles, omelettes, hash browns and a Reuben sandwich.
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Within 2 miles of here we have a Dunkin' Donuts, Denny's Bob Evans, IHOP, Waffle House' Panera, Starbucks, 3 Mc D's and Booger King. I used to take my clients to a DD in Plant City for a treat. That shop has a photo of the original Dunkin' Donut's in Quincy MA.


Trip, NH was saturated in DD shops too. At exit 20 off of 93 there are at least 2 of them One DD shop and in the same strip mall there is one inside the Shaw's. Another mile down the road from there is another DD shop.


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