Restaurant History

Restaurant History

5 Episodes

There are so many different restaurants, and each one has a story. Watch and learn about some of our favorites!

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Restaurant History
  • The History of the Rainforest Cafe

    Episode 1

    Watch the history of the Rainforest Cafe restaurant franchise, a video by Smartyflix. Started in 1994 by Steven Schussler, the Rainforest Cafe restaurant began life as a prototype in Steven's house, before eventually being purchased by Landry's and spreading to locations across the United States ...

  • History of Chilis Restaurant

    Episode 2

    Watch the history of the Chili's restaurant franchise, a video by Smartyflix. Started in 1975 by Larry Lavine, the Chili's restaurant began life as a local Texas franchise, before being purchased by Brinker International and growing into an international fast-casual behemoth. This is their story...

  • The History of Hardees

    Episode 3

    Watch the history of Hardee's, a video by Smartyflix. Started in 1960 by Wilber Hardee, the Hardee's restaurant enjoyed increasing levels of success through the 1990s, but eventually fell to other rivals in the fast-food industry. This is their story...

  • History of Showbiz Pizza Place

    Episode 4

    Watch the history of the Showbiz Pizza Place restaurant franchise, a video by Smartyflix. Started in 1977 by Nolan Bushnell and Atari, the Showbiz Pizza Place restaurant was a roller-coaster of success, often following the trends of the larger video game industry. This is their story...

  • The History of Chi-Chi's

    Episode 5

    Watch the history of the Chi-Chi's restaurant franchise, a video by Smartyflix. Started in 1975 in Richfield, Minnesota by Mexican restaurant magnate Marno McDermott and investor and former Green Bay Packers wide-receiver Max McGee, the Chi-Chi's restaurant was a story of highs and lows, ending i...