Minnie Pearl’s Fried Chicken got off to a fast start with over 500 stores scheduled to open and over 2,500 franchises were sold. The chain suffered from poor quality - most restaurants used different chicken recipes.
Regular customer complaints, combined with an SEC investigation into the company's accounting practices, meant that it wasn't long before the restaurants closed.
The Po'Folks restaurant chain was named after a 1961 hit single by country music singer Bill Anderson. The name was later changed to PoFolks.
We ate at a PoFolks in Greeley, Colorado several years ago. We thought the food was mediocre and the menu design as well as general decor was hokey. Listings on the menu weren’t much better - potatoes was spelled po-taters and vanilla ice cream was ‘niller ice cream.
Also, drinking out of fruit jars was a bit awkward. We did go back to eat there a second time but that was enough for us.
The PoFolks restaurant in Greeley didn’t last long. Reportedly there are still a few PoFolks restaurants operating in the Southeast.
Conway Twitty dreamed of a restaurant chain that would one day sell Twitty Burgers—a hamburger topped with cheese, two slices of bacon, and a deep-fried, graham cracker-crusted pineapple ring.
In 1969, Conway persuaded his friends to invest $100,000 in the project. The Twitty Burger never really got off the ground. Mismanagement led to the chain's swift end.
Kenny Rogers was roasted by his restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters founded in 1991. By 1995, the chain had grown to 350 restaurants worldwide.
In 1998 the company filed for bankruptcy. Unlike one of his songs, Kenny didn't know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em.