Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Remember Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips restaurants? (1979)

 Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips, named for the British actor who, at the time the chain launched in 1969, was Merv Griffin's announcer/sidekick after a movie career that saw him typecast as a butler, often with Shirley Temple, is down to one location in Ohio, more than 50 years after its founding.

Once upon a time, my folks decided to try the brand out when it had a location in the home town. The last Arthur Treacher's in the 518 was linked up with Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs at Colonie Center a few years ago. One wishes the chain would expand anew, amidst all the hamburger chains trying to outdo each other.

Here's a sample commercial for the chain from 1979. Danny Dark (Super Friends), long time Keebler announcer, has those chores here.


Silverstar said...

There was an Arthur Treacher's in my area ages ago; I remember going there once or twice as a kid. It was too long ago for me to recall the quality of the food.

I never knew the story of the place's namesake; I figured he was a fisherman or something. Ya learn something new every day. :D

hobbyfan said...

If you can pull up an episode, say for example, of the Merv Griffin Show from the 60's, odds are good you'll hear from him.