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Old 02-11-2017, 12:37 PM
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What fast food/restaurant commercials are wasted in your area?

You know-the chain restaurants and fast food places that you see ads for and maybe look good to you...but are nowhere near where you live.
For me, there's Sonic. The ads are funny, the food looks good, and there seems to be wide variety to choose from, but there are none available where I live.
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:02 PM
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Northside Chicago here. I don't know why Culver's or Golden Corral advertise here, but they do.
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:04 PM
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Sonic. I get ads for this and so do my parents. The nearest sonic to my parents is 30 miles away, for me where I live it is a 25 minute drive.

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Old 02-11-2017, 01:08 PM
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You know-the chain restaurants and fast food places that you see ads for and maybe look good to you...but are nowhere near where you live.
For me, there's Sonic. The ads are funny, the food looks good, and there seems to be wide variety to choose from, but there are none available where I live.

Same here, no Sonic nearby but the ads run all the time.
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:28 PM
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I think Sonics are mostly in small towns, but their markets are reached, of course, through the TV stations that are in big cities. The same could have been said about WalMarts in the 1980s. Most people then had never even seen a WalMart, but there were thousands of stores within an hour's drive of virtually everybody.

On the other hand, here in rural south Texas, I live a 2-hour drive from the nearest Olive Garden. But I get all the network TV channels that their ads are on;.

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Old 02-11-2017, 01:54 PM
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Sonic commercials on DC tv, no idea where one is.
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:07 PM
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I'd opened this thread to say Sonic, so add me to the chorus.
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:08 PM
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I'm not really exposed to commercials these days. The only one I can think of is Red Robbin.

And, aside from their onion rings, y'all ain't missing much with Sonic. I ordered a chili dog from them once, and what I got back was a microwaved pile of mush. I wouldn't mind so much if they microwaved the chili and the frank separately, but they didn't do that. They put the chili, the cheese, the frank, and the bun together, then threw it in the microwave.
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:09 PM
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Northside Chicago here. I don't know why Culver's or Golden Corral advertise here, but they do.
There's a ton of Culver's in the Chicago suburbs, from north to south. None in Chicago proper yet, but they're opening one up in Bronzeville, and one is coming to my neighborhood on the Southwest Side near Midway. There's also apparently plans to open one up in Wrigleyville and Portage Park. There's gotta be at least a dozen of them already open just outside the city limits. They all get Chicago media so, of course you'd see them advertising here. Plus many/most Chicagoans end up in the suburbs at some point or another, whether work or family. (Checking on their locator, I see 30 locations in the Chicagoland area.)

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Old 02-11-2017, 02:21 PM
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Sonic commercials are great. Sonic food is awful. I'll tell you that my husband and I once got hot fudge sundaes from Sonic and after a couple of bites we threw them in the trash. Seriously. I can't believe people eat there. Be glad there are no Sonics near you.

Those guys in the ads are great, though.
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:25 PM
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We used to get ads for CiCi's Pizza, but there isn't a CiCi's in Oregon at all, or Washington either. I suspect that they were national ads.
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Old 02-11-2017, 02:47 PM
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We used to get ads for CiCi's Pizza, but there isn't a CiCi's in Oregon at all, or Washington either. I suspect that they were national ads.
That's exactly it; same with Sonic.

In the case of Sonic (which was, originally, a chain concentrated in the South and West), they viewed running ads on national TV (mostly cable) as (a) being cheaper than buying "spot" ads in the individual markets where they actually had restaurants, and (b) building awareness of the chain in northern markets, where they were planning to eventually expand.
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:45 PM
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Sonic commercials are great. Sonic food is awful.
Completely agree! Think salt-lick with a coating of shit.
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Old 02-11-2017, 03:47 PM
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I don't think I see commercials for restaurants that aren't around here. There's a Sonic just a few miles from our house. I drive past it 2-3 times a week, never had any desire to eat there.
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:00 PM
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I've seen some ads for Dave and Busters. Food, booze, and arcade games? Sounds like fun. But here in south texas there isn't a one. Maybe San Antonio or Houston have one, but that's a heck of a long drive for overpriced beer and few games of Street Fighter.
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:12 PM
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In Philly, we see ads for Hardees and Carl's Jr. often, despite that I've never seen one anywhere near here. We had a Hardees near my high school (and it was horrible), but it closed 35 years ago.
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:15 PM
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They ran Sonic ads here long before they opened one. Oddly, I've seen fewer of them since it opened.
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Old 02-11-2017, 05:42 PM
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Sonic is the first one I thought of when reading the thread title. The commercials air constantly. I couldn't tell you where the closest one is, and I've never been to one.
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Old 02-11-2017, 08:52 PM
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All the American ones not in Canada. There are many.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:11 PM
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We started getting Sonic ads a few years ago, before I had even heard of Sonic. Since then one popped up out of nowhere.

Maybe they are expanding rapidly and rolling out commercials ahead of time?

And I'm shocked that anyone thinks their inane commercials are humorous. Instant channel-switcher for me.


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Old 02-11-2017, 10:42 PM
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Chuck-E Cheese, closest one is 1 1/2 hours away
Sonic, the one we had closed years ago, closest on is 50 minutes away
Ponderosa steak house, I have no idea where one might be in the entire state
Captain Nemo's seafood buffet, yea its what? only like 3 hours away?
Long John Silvers, closest is like 57 miles away
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:08 AM
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I also see ads for Joe's Crabshack which is apparently a chain. I have no idea where one is in relation to me, but given that I live in DC, I bet you there's a better crab shack somewhere in Maryland that's closer.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:11 AM
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I've seen some ads for Dave and Busters. Food, booze, and arcade games? Sounds like fun. But here in south texas there isn't a one. Maybe San Antonio or Houston have one, but that's a heck of a long drive for overpriced beer and few games of Street Fighter.
Yes, there is one in SA.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:37 PM
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Jack in the Box.

We had them for ~10 years here in middle Tennessee, but they've all gone bust. The skeletons are still there, where they haven't been bulldozed to make room for something more profitable, and many times weeds and vandals have had their way with the properties. I'm not sure if it was a case of one franchisee owning them all and going tits up during the recession or they just didn't catch on. The last one that I was at had extremely poor service and even worse food.

And for you Sonic haters, there are a few good things there. Try their breakfast buritos, tots, coffee, onion rings, popcorn chicken and limeades.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:52 PM
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Sonic. I get ads for this and so do my parents. The nearest sonic to my parents is 30 miles away, for me where I live it is a 25 minute drive.
to me, 30 miles away is still "local."

the last "wasted" ads I can remember was for Chik-fil-A, as they were running national ads long before there were any in my region.

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Jack in the Box.

We had them for ~10 years here in middle Tennessee, but they've all gone bust. The skeletons are still there, where they haven't been bulldozed to make room for something more profitable, and many times weeds and vandals have had their way with the properties. I'm not sure if it was a case of one franchisee owning them all and going tits up during the recession or they just didn't catch on. The last one that I was at had extremely poor service and even worse food.
could be over-franchising or over-saturation; Quizno's seemed to be doing OK then it was like most of them evaporated overnight.

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Old 02-12-2017, 01:03 PM
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Sonic commercials are great. Sonic food is awful. I'll tell you that my husband and I once got hot fudge sundaes from Sonic and after a couple of bites we threw them in the trash. Seriously. I can't believe people eat there. Be glad there are no Sonics near you.

Those guys in the ads are great, though.
The food is pretty bad. The drink menu is great, though.
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Old 02-12-2017, 01:10 PM
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In Philly, we see ads for Hardees and Carl's Jr. often, despite that I've never seen one anywhere near here. We had a Hardees near my high school (and it was horrible), but it closed 35 years ago.
None in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) either...not sure if that's worse than having a Sonic in the general vicinity or not.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:51 PM
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We started getting Sonic ads a few years ago, before I had even heard of Sonic. Since then one popped up out of nowhere.

Maybe they are expanding rapidly and rolling out commercials ahead of time?
See my comment in post 12.

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Old 02-12-2017, 06:07 PM
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Sonic commercials are great. Sonic food is awful. I'll tell you that my husband and I once got hot fudge sundaes from Sonic and after a couple of bites we threw them in the trash. Seriously. I can't believe people eat there. Be glad there are no Sonics near you.

Those guys in the ads are great, though.
I hate the guys in the ads but I rather like Sonic food, especially the drinks, the tots, and the onion rings.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:06 PM
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I've seen some ads for Dave and Busters. Food, booze, and arcade games? Sounds like fun. But here in south texas there isn't a one. Maybe San Antonio or Houston have one, but that's a heck of a long drive for overpriced beer and few games of Street Fighter.
Same here, I see them but the nearest one is 120 miles away and i doubt thier food and ambience is that good.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:11 PM
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The ambiance isn't that bad but the food isn't worth it unless they are running one of their buy-a-$15-entree-and-get-$10-free-video-games deals.
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Old 02-12-2017, 11:52 PM
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Sonic
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Golden Corral
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Hardee's and Carls Jr
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Our TV comes out if Scranton almost 2hours away. I will drive nearly a hour to State College for IHOP or Chick-fil-A but that's pushing it.
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Old 02-18-2017, 05:16 PM
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Used to be Sonic, but after YEARS of seeing the commercials on cable, we finally got several locations here.

These days it's Checkers/Rally's, where there's like one location, and it's been closing then reopening periodically for like 20 years. Not sure if it's open or shut down currently.

And Hardee's/Carl's Jr. They used to have a ton of locations around back when they still served mainly roast beef sandwiches, but a grand total of one left in the current incarnation.

Long John Silver's abandoned the area for some reason. There was a fairly remote KFC/LJS combo for a while, but it's since gone too.

These days the only Pizza Huts left are too far to get delivery or for carry out.
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Old 02-18-2017, 09:40 PM
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The biggest restaurant chain with no nearby locations is Blimpie sandwiches. But there are always Blimpie coupons in the Sunday paper.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:41 PM
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Firehouse Subs

Dairy Queen, there is one near here but they don't sell any sandwiches, just ice cream.
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Old 02-19-2017, 06:02 PM
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Chalk up another for Red Robin and Dave and Buster's. I've never seen them, and never even heard of them until the ads started running. If there are any of either one anywhere near me, I'm sure unaware of it.

But as someone said upthread, a national ad is a national ad. Everybody sees it.


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I think Sonics are mostly in small towns
The only one I know of personally is in Jacksonville, Florida — the largest (by area) city in the country. But I realize that could be an outlier.

Come to think of it, Sonic would be on my list, too, if it weren't for that one, which is two blocks from my in-laws — I don't think we have any here in CT. I like their burgers, when I'm in the right mood. And my wife and daughter are addicted to the tots.
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Old 02-19-2017, 06:21 PM
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Same here, I see them but the nearest one is 120 miles away and i doubt thier food and ambience is that good.
There is an upscale Dave and Buster's north of Dallas that is fairly posh. I have taken my kids there but it is clearly geared more towards adults. It certainly isn't a Chuck E Cheese. It is more like a Las Vegas casino where you have no hope of winning any money (OK, mostly just like a Las Vegas casino). In any case, the food and bar are decent and the games are fun. It isn't a bad way to spend an evening every now and then.

My nomination is Red Lobster. I live in New England. We already have plenty of lobster and other seafood so they stay far away and wisely so. Oddly enough, the same doesn't apply to Olive Garden. There are more real Italian restaurants than you can ever eat at in a lifetime yet Olive Garden exists and it is usually busy. I guess it is like the Taco Bell model. Sometimes you don't want anything authentic, you just want a lot of something completely predictable.
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Old 02-19-2017, 09:41 PM
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Sonic
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Golden Corral
Old Country
Hardee's and Carls Jr
Boston Market
Our TV comes out if Scranton almost 2hours away. I will drive nearly a hour to State College for IHOP or Chick-fil-A but that's pushing it.
At least 1/2 of these applied to my area at one point. Then we got some (Sonic, Ci-Ci's, Old Country) that failed after a year or 2. I just noticed the long abandoned Sonic building is being torn down. Somehow the Boston Market that's in between a Taco Bell and McDonald's by an abandoned strip mall stays in business, but I've never seen anyone there.
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Old 02-19-2017, 10:57 PM
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Jack in the Box.

We had them for ~10 years here in middle Tennessee, but they've all gone bust. The skeletons are still there, where they haven't been bulldozed to make room for something more profitable, and many times weeds and vandals have had their way with the properties. I'm not sure if it was a case of one franchisee owning them all and going tits up during the recession or they just didn't catch on. The last one that I was at had extremely poor service and even worse food.

And for you Sonic haters, there are a few good things there. Try their breakfast buritos, tots, coffee, onion rings, popcorn chicken and limeades.
It's been quite a while since I checked because I never liked the food but aren't the two locations in Murfreesboro still open??
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Old 02-19-2017, 11:38 PM
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In Philly, we see ads for Hardees and Carl's Jr. often, despite that I've never seen one anywhere near here. We had a Hardees near my high school (and it was horrible), but it closed 35 years ago.
The nearest to Philly area Hardees in Willingboro, NJ and in Bear, DE
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:13 PM
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It's been quite a while since I checked because I never liked the food but aren't the two locations in Murfreesboro still open??
I'm not sure where they even are. The one in Smyrna is overgrown, the one in Madison has been torn down, several in Nashville have closed and the one in Lebanon is in the process of closing.

I was ok with the food when they offered salads, but they took them off the menu and I haven't been back.
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:26 PM
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Chuck-E Cheese, closest one is 1 1/2 hours away
Sonic, the one we had closed years ago, closest on is 50 minutes away
Ponderosa steak house, I have no idea where one might be in the entire state
Captain Nemo's seafood buffet, yea its what? only like 3 hours away?
Long John Silvers, closest is like 57 miles away
I thought Ponderosa's had closed years ago, I guess not.
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Old 02-20-2017, 01:42 PM
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You know-the chain restaurants and fast food places that you see ads for and maybe look good to you...but are nowhere near where you live.
For me, there's Sonic. The ads are funny, the food looks good, and there seems to be wide variety to choose from, but there are none available where I live.
No Sonics near here, for maybe a hours drive.

Food is Ok, my wife does love Tater tots.

Hardees, whatever they are.
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:44 PM
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There is an upscale Dave and Buster's north of Dallas that is fairly posh. I have taken my kids there but it is clearly geared more towards adults. It certainly isn't a Chuck E Cheese. It is more like a Las Vegas casino where you have no hope of winning any money (OK, mostly just like a Las Vegas casino). In any case, the food and bar are decent and the games are fun. It isn't a bad way to spend an evening every now and then.
Actually, I"d describe Dave & Busters as "Chuck E. Cheese" for grownups, without the animatronics, and with booze, more (and better) food than pizza and not entirely overrun with children. Same basic idea- you go eat, and then you go play video games, whack-a-mole, skeeball, etc... There are quite a few in the Dallas area (they started here).

For this area, I would have said Carl's Jr. commercials are wasted, as the only ones I know about are co-located with truck-stops on the interstates, but apparently there is a handful of locations elsewhere. Same for Firehouse Subs and Red Robin- I hear the commercials all the time, but don't actually know where one is, although the map shows a handful of locations out in the far suburbs where I rarely go.
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Old 02-20-2017, 07:08 PM
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Sonic. I get ads for this and so do my parents. The nearest sonic to my parents is 30 miles away, for me where I live it is a 25 minute drive.
All of our fast food/chain restaurants are a 25-minute drive.

Many commercials are wasted on us, and worse, some make me wail "When will we get a <insert food place> here??!!!" Most notably

Olive Garden
Outback Steakhouse
Carraba's
Cheesecake Factory
Sonic
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Old 02-20-2017, 07:20 PM
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Carl's Jr. There are two in all of Australia - one in Newcastle (about eight hour's drive away in a different state) and the other is at Brisbane airport, on the other side of the Security Theatre.
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All of our fast food/chain restaurants are a 25-minute drive.

Many commercials are wasted on us, and worse, some make me wail "When will we get a <insert food place> here??!!!" Most notably

Olive Garden
Outback Steakhouse
Carraba's
Cheesecake Factory
Sonic
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Olive garden is bad.

Outback can be quite good.

Cheesecake Factory: not bad food, over priced. But the company has a policy of deliberately making it's customers wait so as to create a illusion of high demand.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:20 PM
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All commercials, excepting McDonald's, Arby's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Culver's and Subway are wasted here. There are no other chains, fast or otherwise, within 50 miles in any direction. And a few local communities have made it clear that they don't want even these. Of the 15 municipalities in this county, only one has all those restaurants; the rest have none, and they like it that way. They'd much rather have people pay much higher prices for slow food and the government makes sure they do.
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Old 02-20-2017, 09:59 PM
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Yet another Sonic, also Arby's - neither of them are within twenty miles of me. I'd be perfectly happy trying Sonic ( I never have ), but hell if I'm going to drive 20+ miles for what is probably your standard mediocre fast food.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:57 PM
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In the case of Sonic (which was, originally, a chain concentrated in the South and West), they viewed running ads on national TV (mostly cable) as (a) being cheaper than buying "spot" ads in the individual markets where they actually had restaurants, and (b) building awareness of the chain in northern markets, where they were planning to eventually expand.
Years ago, I saw an episode of Mad Money where Jim Cramer recommended Sonic as a good investment, because they had so much expansion potential in the northern states. I thought that was nuts—did he think people in cold states are going to eat in their cars in the winter? Apparently Cramer was right, because Sonic is doing exactly that.
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