January 12, 2004



Over there? That used to be a Ponderosa Steak House. Now it's Becky's House of Fabrics. The wagon wheels out front give it away.

Around the corner, they turned the Long John Silver's into a Century 21. Even kept the nautical rope along the sidewalk.

Downtown, the KFC is now a liquor store. Didn't even paint the roof.

This tour sound familiar?

Seems like every town has a distinctive fast-food establishment that has gone belly up, been sitting a while until someone plucks the property off the tax roll and then converts it into something that doesn't match the surroundings.

Not Fooling Anybody documents these bad conversions and offers a gallery to document the DQs that went awry, the rejiggered IHOPs that still have the pointy rooflines and the old-school Taco Bells that still look like adobe forts even though they're now Wang's Chinese Take-Out.

Posted by Jeff at January 12, 2004 08:23 AM | TrackBack

Yah -- the old Taco bell here is the Palace Express Chinese restaurant. The Chinese place is wonderful -- fresh meals cooked while you stand there for under 5.00 apiece. A real step up in property usage!

Posted by: meg at January 12, 2004 07:56 PM