I used to ask, most anyone that would listen, how long Hardee's in Florence at the corner of Florence Blvd and Cox Creek could stay in business with so little patronage and business. I just never seemed to see anyone eating there for lunch or dinner and even Breakfast, which used to be very popular with locals, dropped off to a shell of its former numbers. I'm sure Bojangles is a large part of the falling away from Hardee's breakfast but even for those that like Hardees it seemed that that particular location stayed on even though there was no way that the business it received could support and offset its operational cost.
Now finally Hardees did close it and I'm glad to see that the Rogersville location, as well as the Muscle Shoals location, seem to be doing good. What I'm wondering now is just how long Shoney's is going to be able to survive? I used to actually LOVE Shoney's and ate there often, many years ago, before they attempted to serve everything on the hot bar and microwaved most everything else. Those popular days were the days of the "Big Boy" before the lawsuit that made them stop using that name. I thought they did a great job on their Burgers and also enjoyed their pasta along with the strawberry pies and Hot Fudge cakes but anymore it seems no one eats at either the Florence or the Muscle Shoals location and those that do and review their meals uniformly give both restaurants horrible ratings.
I don't want to see any place go out of business but sometimes places made decisions and serve food that justifies their loss of business and while I hope Shoney's turns things around, and I do hope they do, I just wonder how much longer each of these locations can support their restaurants on the pitiful business that they seem to have?