5 Once-Largest Steakhouse Chains In America That Went Out of Business


Lone Star Steakhouse

The steakhouse chain started in 1992 with eight locations, and within a few years, it had grown nationwide with over 250 units across the board.

Mr. Steak

No one should have told Mr. Steak to "fix what ain't broken," as the popular series pivoted outside of Steak as it seemed to end.

Steak and Ale

Its signature dishes included an herb-roasted prime rib, NY strip, and filet mignon, while the menu was bolstered by offering unlimited salads and a soup that came with most dishes.

Valle's Steak House

This steak and lobster joint must be doing something right because it's been around for an impressive tenure of more than seven decades.

York Steak House

Owned by cereal giant General Mills, the chain of cafeteria-style restaurants was quite a household name on the steakhouse scene in the '70s and '80s.

In its heyday in 1982, York operated approximately 200 locations in 27 states stretching from Texas to Maine. Most locations were housed inside malls and served hot and cold items such as the popular steak, potato, and salad combo.

Some of the chain's locations would eventually become York's Choice, which included storefront bakeries and dessert displays.

The chain began to drop locations and while some remained in operation as independent restaurants for several years, the brand was largely phased out in the early stages.

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