S5:E4 | 9.10.2020

The Case of the Disappearing Franchise

Historian and fast food detective Marcia Chatelain explores the cases of franchises that disappeared without a trace.

About this Episode

Historian/Fast-food Detective Marcia Chatelain is our guide as we explore the cases of American fast food franchises that once were, until they vanished without a trace. The Mid-century was the height of fast-food franchising: McDonalds, KFC, White Castle. But what about the chains that didn’t survive? From pyramid schemes and copycats to acquisitions and fish wars, we explore the culprits in the cases of the disappearing franchise.

Learn more about Dr. Chatelain’s Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America at her website, marciachatelain.com. Hardcover and digital copies of the book are available for purchase on Amazon.

You can explore the ghosts of Pizza Hut past and learn more about Mike Neilson’s “Used to Be a Pizza Hut” blog at usedtobeapizzahut.blogspot.com.

About the Reporter

Marcia Chatelain is a historian of African American life and culture living in Washington, D.C. The author of “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America,“ Chatelain teaches at Georgetown University, and she has appeared on many podcasts including The Waves and Undisclosed.

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