Dining Down Memory Lane: 20 Classic Restaurants from the 1990s We'll Never Forget

May 21, 2024

Planet Hollywood

For every McDonald's or Subway, there were a few restaurants that weren't quite as successful. Though some made a big splash when they first arrived, they fizzled out as times - and customer tastes – changed. Embark on a nostalgic journey through time as we reminisce about the beloved eateries that defined the dining scene of the '90s. If you can still remember when "Seinfeld" and "Friends" ruled Thursday nights and renting videos at Blockbuster was king, join us on a look back at the forgotten restaurants of the 1990s that we still miss.

 

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Imagine seeing Madonna's iconic bustier or Rocky's boxing gloves just feet away from your table. Those of us who had the chance to dine in a Planet Hollywood location had this experience. Planet Hollywood was essentially what happens when you combine a Hollywood museum with a restaurant. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were among the early investors. They even showed up to unveil new locations and donated some of their costumes and film memorabilia.

Planet Hollywood was more than just a restaurant, though. Many people came just for the souvenirs, which they bought from the on-site stores. Just like the Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood offered shirts, jackets, glasses, and other souvenirs. Most featured the chain's blue planet logo on the front, along with the city's name. While there were dozens of Planet Hollywood locations in the '90s, the chain is down to just three today.

MaggieMoo's

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Looking at the MaggieMoo's logo will help you see why so many people still love this chain. Juel and Katherine Tillery named the ice cream chain after a cow on a nearby farm. Their daughter nicknamed the bovine MaggieMoo, which seemed like the best choice for their concept. Though the couple opened multiple locations in the Kansas City area, it really grew when they started selling franchises. By the end of the decade, MaggieMoo's had nearly 100 locations.

The franchises also signaled a major problem with the chain as the couple didn't know how to operate or fund them. They sold the company to a new owner, but MaggieMoo's went through many other owners in the coming years, which led to new spots opening and closing. You can still grab a sundae, shake, or cone, but it's harder to find a MaggieMoo's location today.