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« on: April 19, 2012, 07:39:51 PM »

This chain named after the country star rode the wave of the rotisserie chicken craze of the 90s (as did Boston Chicken/Market) before going bankrupt in 1998.  The one closest to me in Lewiston, ME closed on July 14, 1996:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1914&dat=19960710&id=8SYgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_GoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5963,1668936

It's now a Pizza Hut:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=875+sabattus+street+lewiston&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x4cb26c71303684c3:0xe20c315dc8d25317,875+Sabattus+St,+Lewiston,+ME+04240&gl=us&ei=A3eQT4T9EsPrrQeKt-z2BA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCEQ8gEwAA

After the bankruptcy filing KRR had a number of owners as the US presence of the chain faded until there was only one location remaining, which sadly closed last December:

http://www.insidesocal.com/dine909/2011/12/ontario-mills-big-food-gets-mu.html

The chain's current owner is the franchisee for Asia, where it's thriving:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2084444,00.html
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 09:58:25 PM »

The closest I ever got to a KRR was watching that episode of Seinfeld! I used to be a huge fan of Boston Market but hold a grudge against them now: in '97 I inherited an investment and was advised by a broker to put it into a corporate bond with Boston Chicken. It seemed like a safe bet to me, what with that great food. Within a couple months of handing over my money, the company began circling the drain. All I got after the bankruptcy was a tax write-off....they could have at least sent me a coupon for a free dinner!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 11:20:02 PM »

Ever since the Boston Chicken implosion I've been wary of any chain that seems to be expanding too quickly.
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2012, 06:09:02 AM »

There was one in Southington, CT on Queen Street briefly. It's where People's Bank is now I believe.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2012, 03:28:08 PM »

Didn't knew that they once had a location in Maine!
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2012, 10:57:02 PM »

Didn't knew that they once had a location in Maine!

I only ate there once. It was a memorable experience; that roaring wood fire over the rotisserie made quite a dramatic impression, and it really did impart a different flavor to the finished product. Still, it must have been a very expensive concept to operate, especially in the lull between lunch and dinner. Of all the chain restaurant fads, I miss the rotisserie chicken craze the most.
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 02:59:35 PM »

This chain named after the country star rode the wave of the rotisserie chicken craze of the 90s (as did Boston Chicken/Market) before going bankrupt in 1998.  The one closest to me in Lewiston, ME closed on July 14, 1996:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1914&dat=19960710&id=8SYgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_GoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5963,1668936

It's now a Pizza Hut:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=875+sabattus+street+lewiston&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x4cb26c71303684c3:0xe20c315dc8d25317,875+Sabattus+St,+Lewiston,+ME+04240&gl=us&ei=A3eQT4T9EsPrrQeKt-z2BA&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCEQ8gEwAA

After the bankruptcy filing KRR had a number of owners as the US presence of the chain faded until there was only one location remaining, which sadly closed last December:

http://www.insidesocal.com/dine909/2011/12/ontario-mills-big-food-gets-mu.html

The chain's current owner is the franchisee for Asia, where it's thriving:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2084444,00.html

had 3 meals at KRR in the Manchester Parkade....Good meals, but Boston Market (nee Chicken) was cheaper.
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