Hey, we know that everybody makes mistakes. But when a major chain restaurant makes one, whether through a failed new menu, a dumb social media post, or a boneheaded move by an employee or manager, it can go down as an error of historic proportions.
Sit-down chain restaurants like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Applebee’s are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment. A trip to one of these restaurants can clock in at over $100 for a family of four, and a lot of people are deciding that instead of spending their money on a so-so sit-down meal, they’ll just cook at home thanks to decreasing grocery costs. Chains are starting to get desperate, and desperation can lead to some unwise decisions.
But not every one of these failures is the result of “outside the box” thinking gone awry. New menu items come and go, and many chains will throw something against the wall to see if it sticks — and if it doesn’t, it’ll go the way of the dodo. We’ve tracked down some of the biggest examples of this in recent memory, and have also thrown in a few other embarrassing blunders for good measure.