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Encyclopedia > Chain restaurant

A restaurant chain is a set of related restaurants, typically with the same name in many different locations either under shared corporate ownership (e.g. In-N-Out Burgers in the US) or franchising agreements. Toms Diner, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... Franchising (from the French for free) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring royalty fee. ...


Typically, the restaurants within a chain are built to a standard format and offer a standard menu. Fast food restaurants are the most common, but there are also upscale versions. Restaurants chains are often found near shopping malls and tourist areas. Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... The Mall, an out-of-town shopping centre at Patchway, near Bristol, England. ...


The proliferation of chain restaurants (and other chain businesses) is becoming an increasingly controversial trend worldwide. In the U.S., a movement is building among communities and independent businesses opposing this trend. Examples include the American Independent Business Alliance [1], The New Rules Project [2] and the Council of Independent Restaurant Associations.


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