Tuesday, May 6, 2008

They eat Hoss, don't they?

So anyways, I was reading this blog post by David Allen. It seems that there are many cases when business B acquires the building formerly held by business A, and doesn't want to spend a lot on new signs.

Thus, Montclair's Lamppost Pizza subsequently became Lamp Pot Pizza before disappearing entirely.

And a dentist's office has an interesting name:

One of the Inland Valley's more intriguing building conversions is the former Ponderosa steakhouse at Arrow and Haven in Rancho Cucamonga, which became Ponderosa Dental Office. Yep, they kept the Ponderosa name, pardner.

Reader Brian Hurst tell us a bit about it:

"It was the Ponderosa Steak House back in the late 1970s/early 1980s. Had a Western decor, leather booths, dark wood tables, pretty good steaks. Not on par with Black Angus, but a big step above the Sizzler. If you look at the design of the building, you can see it was a dinner/eating place. 'Food' for thought."

In a not-yet-approved comment, I have noted that I also remembered a restaurant called Bonanza from my youth in the Washington DC area, but that I didn't know if the two restaurants were related.

Then, and only then, did I start my research:

Metromedia Restaurant Group is one of the world's leading multi-concept table-service restaurant groups, with more than 800 Bennigan's®, Bennigan's SPORT™, Steak and Ale®, Ponderosa Steakhouse® and Bonanza™ Steakhouse restaurants in the U.S. and abroad. Our restaurants, representing four of the most well-known brands in the restaurant industry, serve more than 160 million guests a year.

But not around here. I was unable to find either a Bonanza or a Ponderosa Steakhouse within 100 miles of the old Ponderosa location in Rancho Cucamonga. But I did find several Ponderosas and Bonanzas in the DC area:

591 Warrenton Rd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

809 England St.
Ashland, VA 23005

850 Chambersburg Mall

1110 Lincolnway East
Chambersburg, PA 17201

260 Pantops Ctr.
Charlottesville, VA 22905

909 Walnut Bottom Road

So, what states are Bonanza and Ponderosa located in? Hard to tell. Their websites do not show a map of the states where they are located; you are only allowed to enter a location and see if there's anything near you.

Compare to Jack in the Box, which makes its location information much more accessible.

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