Nostalgia helps keep once-thriving restaurant franchises alive

Ohio was home to many small franchises and chains that sprung up during the mobile and prosperous times of the 60s and 70s. Many adults remember dining at Rax’s as kids or a family dinner at Arthur Treacher’s Fish & Chips. Unfortunately, many of these companies were mismanaged during the 80s and 90s, leaving them scattered and causing most of the locations to shut down. However, dedicated diners still seek out York Steak House, Damon’s, and other classic establishments to enjoy a meal and a wave of nostalgia. All of these brands still exist today due to customer loyalty that they built over four decades ago. The tough economy is making it hard for many minor chains to stay in the fight, but only time will tell if the last few establishments will close down or if they will continue to be a part of Ohio’s landscape for another three decades.  Source: The Columbus Dispatch