Wiki Wormhole: Take a bite out of Wikipedia’s list of defunct fast-food joints

With more than 5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or indulging in nostalgic cravings for a Barnbuster. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,183,107-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: List of defunct fast-food restaurant chains

What it’s about: The past 50 years saw relentless expansion by fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, and the like. But that success came at a price—at least for the competition. For every fast-food chain that became an American institution, there’s one that didn’t last. Wikipedia remembers.

The not-at-all-creepy Doggie Diner sign

Strangest fact: There were multiple canine-themed burger chains. While Doggie Diner sounds like a place overindulgent pet owners would take their mutts for some gluten-free kibble, it was a hot dog and hamburger chain in the …

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