First I heard of the Franchise concept. Know both locations was owned supposedly by the same fella named Charlie Geren..who's brother Pete has been a long time fixture on the State and National political scene. Charlie has recently become a politician too:
I met Dallas Greene and the new owners whilst chasing a teen aged hot rodder across their parking lot. The restaurant is right behind the high screwl and the wild driving kids like to cut through and try to get to Hwy 121 and avoid traffic on the road they supposed to be using. Fortunantly the folks had a road block set up near the front door by parking their cars across the parking lot crossways and the future Al Unser didnt have no escape route cept to try to jump a curbed in grassy area which he seriously contemplated. We was fixing to see if an old Crown Vic knowed that trick too
Fortunantly the young skull full of mush made the right decision and decided to stop. Ya know the closing of the place seems to sorta correspond to Charlie's venture into politics. Maybe just a coincidence.