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« Reply #180 on: November 28, 2014, 03:10:05 PM »

wish Ponderosa would come back to NY Albany area miss their chicken wings and onion straws, but when there is a buffet that has steak on the regular menu (golden corral) i can see why they are done-for around here... I still get email notifications for the Herkimer NY ponderosa that is miles from where I am...
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« Reply #181 on: December 05, 2014, 04:54:30 AM »

From The Record-Journal - An article about the new Children's Dentist Office opening in September at the old Ponderosa at 264 Queen Street Southington, Connecticut.

Building that housed restaurants for decades will become dentist’s office

Published: August 29, 2014 | Last Modified: August 29, 2014 07:52PM
By Farrah Duffany Record-Journal staff

SOUTHINGTON — A Queen Street building that has been home to several restaurants over the past 40 years is set to become a dentist’s office.

The building at 264 Queen St. housed a Ponderosa restaurant for nearly 30 years until it closed in November 2008 after the franchise filed for bankruptcy. In 2010, Joshua Wilcox of North Haven opened “Fish & Chops.” The restaurant eventually closed and Wilcox reopened under the name Route 10 Tavern. The menu included wings and ribs.

“I think they were wildly successful,” said town Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo, referring to the restaurants that called 264 Queen St. home. “Ponderosa was there for 30 years. The restaurant business is very difficult ... and has a high failure rate.”

Despite some of the closures, Perillo believes the traffic on Queen Street continues to make it attractive. He said about 25,000 cars go by 264 Queen St. each day.

The Little Tooth Company, which caters to children, is scheduled to open in the building on Sept. 9, said company owner Jay Leung. Little Tooth is leasing a little more than half the building.

“We’re happy to see the space filled,” Perillo said.

Since 2008, Leung has been a practicing at West Hartford Family Dentistry and lives in West Hartford. When the office opens, he expects to have about three employees. This will be Leung’s first practice of his own.

Leung said one of his goals is to eliminate the fear or hesitation that children often have when coming to a dentist.

“I think dentists have a stigma of being a place where people don’t want to go … we want to change that mentality.” Leung said. “And hopefully foster an environment to make kids excited about it.”

By providing a fun environment and engaging with the children, Leung hopes to overcome the stigma. Most importantly, Leung said he plans to treat the children that come into his practice as if they were his own.

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A new hair salon (like Southington needed another one) opened in the remaining portion of the former Ponderosa next to the dentist office that just opened in September.
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« Reply #182 on: May 14, 2015, 05:49:49 AM »

Wayne Patrick's Salon has been open for a couple of months in a portion of the old Ponderosa in Southington, CT.

http://www.waynepatricks.com/ is their website and you can see pictures of the salon.
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« Reply #183 on: May 14, 2015, 06:58:41 AM »

Camino Real Mexican Grill has been open for quite a while now in the old Wyandotte, MI Ponderosa. Actually, this is Camino Real's second location, as they already have a location on Central Street in southwest Detroit.

Their website: http://www.restaurantcaminoreal.com/
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« Reply #184 on: May 14, 2015, 10:29:07 AM »

The Ponderosa in Herkimer, NY, the last one remaining in the area, has also recently closed up for good.

The former East Greenbush, NY location is currently a Chinese buffet called "Super Buffet".

There are still a few operating Ponderosas in Kissimmee, FL, on Route 192.
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« Reply #185 on: May 15, 2015, 11:06:47 AM »

The Ponderosa in Herkimer, NY, the last one remaining in the area, has also recently closed up for good.

The former East Greenbush, NY location is currently a Chinese buffet called "Super Buffet".

The Latham location is now a Sushi place (and was a Chinese Buffet also before).
The Western Avenue one is Hana (Japanese Steak House).
The one in Hudson was demolished and is now the site of Tractor Supply.
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« Reply #186 on: June 22, 2015, 12:05:44 PM »

This is the former Ponderosa on West Main Street in New Britain, Connecticut. Today it is home to New Britain Pediatric Group. It's near the corner of West Main and North Mountain Road near the Plainville Town Line. After the Ponderosa is was supposed to become a night club, but the city never let it open. Then it was a pizza place with the worst tasting pizza ever. I don't remember when Ponderosa closed, but it was sometime in the 1990s.



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« Reply #187 on: June 22, 2015, 12:09:46 PM »

This is the old Bonanza in Bristol, Connecticut. I'm not sure what years the restaurant was in existence. It's been the Applewood Diner for many years. And actually this is an older picture. The building looks somewhat different today.



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« Reply #188 on: August 19, 2015, 08:13:44 PM »

Bonanza is rebranding as Bonanza Steak and BBQ....

http://www.restaurantnews.com/a-new-era-begins-for-bonanza-steakhouse-homestyle-dining-unveils-the-new-bonanza-steak-bbq/

Not sure I like the new logo.  And the concept building is a former Ponderosa..!
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« Reply #189 on: August 21, 2015, 01:03:36 AM »

The article is from last October. Probably a last-ditch effort to bring new franchisees on board, but why bother with this when there is Golden Corral?
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« Reply #190 on: August 21, 2015, 11:06:57 AM »

The article is from last October. Probably a last-ditch effort to bring new franchisees on board, but why bother with this when there is Golden Corral?

Sounds like they are trying a different route, featuring the meals with the salad bar as a side rather than featuring the buffet with meals as a side (as the old Ponderosa and GC do).
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« Reply #191 on: September 13, 2015, 09:01:09 PM »

We were driving through VT this weekend to get to Middlebury. After what felt like hundreds of miles of country roads, we come across a populated area with an operational Ponderosa. I had to laugh, as my girlfriend looks out at it and goes "what the hell is Ponderosa?"  Haha.
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« Reply #192 on: September 14, 2015, 07:09:10 AM »

OK, so, I know that the TV program Bonanza ran on NBC for 15 seasons and that
they had retitled the syndicated shows as Ponderosa to avoid confusion in the listings.

But why would a restaurant chain feel compelled to do the same?   Huh?
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« Reply #193 on: September 14, 2015, 10:03:05 AM »

OK, so, I know that the TV program Bonanza ran on NBC for 15 seasons and that
they had retitled the syndicated shows as Ponderosa to avoid confusion in the listings.

But why would a restaurant chain feel compelled to do the same?   Huh?

They started as two separately owned chains offering similar restaurants.  They actually didn't rename that many (maybe a few?) even though at some point it would have made sense as the overall number decreased not to have two separate names when locations were within the same area.
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« Reply #194 on: September 03, 2016, 08:34:40 AM »

Bonanza Steak & BBQ Opens Another Location, This Time in Seymour, Indiana – The “Crossroads of America”

http://www.restaurantnews.com/bonanza-steak-bbq-opens-another-location-this-time-in-seymour-indiana-the-crossroads-of-america/





I like the overall look of the restaurant, finally a modern Bonanza but I still dislike the new logo....
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« Reply #195 on: September 03, 2016, 08:38:05 AM »

Bonanza Steak & BBQ Opens Another Location, This Time in Seymour, Indiana – The “Crossroads of America”

http://www.restaurantnews.com/bonanza-steak-bbq-opens-another-location-this-time-in-seymour-indiana-the-crossroads-of-america/





I like the overall look of the restaurant, finally a modern Bonanza but I still dislike the new logo....

I agree. The new logo looks way too generic, but I love that restaurant design.
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« Reply #196 on: January 22, 2017, 05:22:39 PM »

One more pic:



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« Reply #197 on: January 22, 2017, 06:14:45 PM »

Looks like they're trying to compete with the likes of Longhorn Steakhouse.
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« Reply #198 on: May 25, 2017, 06:03:48 PM »



Ponderosa closed its doors in Rutland VT

The owner replaced Ponderosa by a Ground Round.

http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/march/ground-round-grill-bar-plans-new-restaurant-rutland
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« Reply #199 on: May 26, 2017, 10:21:50 AM »



Ponderosa closed its doors in Rutland VT

The owner replaced Ponderosa by a Ground Round.

http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/march/ground-round-grill-bar-plans-new-restaurant-rutland

That's a different one - replacing one older, almost going non existant restaurant with another chain with a very similar story.

Also, in the article where they give nearby locations - Plattsburgh isn't too bad, but then Johnson City (which is near Binghamton) and 3 stores in Maine... that's stretching nearby just a bit :)
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« Reply #200 on: September 11, 2017, 07:29:15 PM »

The owner of the Fatburger chain has purchased Homestyle Dining LLC, parent company of Bonanza/Ponderosa. Item one on the new owner's agenda: come up with a fast-casual steakhouse concept.
http://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/news_home/Business/2017/09/FAT_Brands_to_acquire_Ponderos.aspx?ID=%7B46657589-D68F-47E2-AD8C-18B7E9D729E7%7D&cck=1
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« Reply #201 on: September 12, 2017, 06:35:50 AM »

The owner of the Fatburger chain has purchased Homestyle Dining LLC, parent company of Bonanza/Ponderosa. Item one on the new owner's agenda: come up with a fast-casual steakhouse concept.
http://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/news_home/Business/2017/09/FAT_Brands_to_acquire_Ponderos.aspx?ID=%7B46657589-D68F-47E2-AD8C-18B7E9D729E7%7D&cck=1

Could Ponderosa/Bonanza Steakhouse make a comeback as a fast casual restaurants since more people are eating out at fast casual restaurants as opposed sit down restaurants.
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