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Say Goodbye to Bennigan's, Steak and Ale

Say Goodbye to Bennigan's, Steak and Ale

For national chains Bennigan's and Steak and Ale, there is no pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow: The companies filed for bankruptcy protection and shut down all 292 corporate locations yesterday.

For the two bar and grill chains, the downhill slope has come steep and fast. In June, parent company Metromedia Restaurant Group asked lenders to restructure its debt, as earnings were lower than expected. A week ago, the group's CEO resigned. And yesterday, all of the corporate locations for the Irish-themed taverns and country steakhouses appeared empty. The company stated:

Similar to other members of the casual dining industry, current economic and industry trends have adversely affected the group's overall financial performance.

Fans need not despair just yet — for now, the franchise locations will stay open. But the question remains: for how long?


fashiondiva82 fashiondiva82 9 years
I went to bennigans for homecoming bye memories
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
C-Ya! I haven't eaten at this place since 2000. It was a lunch spot and that was all. The food was average at best.
Atiyah Atiyah 9 years
AHH I will miss the monte cristo. Thats the only thing I did eat from there.
suziryder suziryder 9 years
I've never been to Bennigan's either, but I agree with Mominator that it's still sad - think of all those people out of jobs!
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Wow I haven't been to one in years. But I loved their baked potato soup and monte cristos. It'll be sad to see them go.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Bennigans was popular in the mid eighties to early 90s, where else could you go at the time and see all the clutter on the walls, and eat a monte cristo and order death by chocolate? but with Chili's TGI Fridays Applebees opening, thier appeal floundered. I havent stepped foot inside one since homecoming of 91!
loveme11 loveme11 9 years
bennigans had great food (their egg rolls and queso was amazing) and drink specials so i will def. be missing my bennigans but what really sucks is that my roomate worked there and no one even called to tell her her work shut down she saw it on the internet so now she has no job
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
But now where will Butters go on special occasions?
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
Well, I'll miss their potato soup. :(
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
I've never been to a Bennigan's but I heard that they had a mean burger.
Frika Frika 9 years
i can't remember the last time i went to a bennigans...something with work when i worked at the mall in college...however, i hope there's a franchise near by because a co-worked gave me a gift certificate for my wedding, and we've had it for months but never have gone...and i don't want it wasted!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
good-bye o-beautiful monte cristo!
356UIK 356UIK 9 years
Never been to either one so I guess I am kinda glad
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I have never gone to one.
millarci millarci 9 years
Their food was good too.
millarci millarci 9 years
This is the graphic design geek in me saying this but I liked Bennigan's menu layout. Nice and clean and easy to read (hey that rhymes lol!).
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
My fiance and I love going to Bennigan's b/c it's never crowded and they always have good deals. Plus, our only other options for sit-down dining are Chili's and Chevy's and neither of us likes those places too much. I hope our Benningan's is a franchise location.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
As long as T.G.I. Friday's (mmm, Jack Daniels steaks) and Chili's stay open, I'm all set for corporate chain food.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Hmmm...Our local one closed down years ago I assumed they have been out of business since then. I guess not. :p
dcfashionista dcfashionista 9 years
I don't go there too often. I go maybe once a year if that.
mominator mominator 9 years
I never liked Bennigans food so it does not bother me that they are going out of business. It is sad to see that the economy is so bad and that we have more and more business shutting down everyday.
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