Restaurant Chain Wars - Milwaukee VS. Madison

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Restaurant Chain Wars - Milwaukee VS. Madison

Postby MadMind » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:59 am

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Restaurant Chain Wars: Madison VS. Milwaukee
Restaurant Chain Wars: Beyond

What National Chains Milwaukee Has That Madison Does Not
Bakers Square
5 Milwaukee area locations, and one location per Appleton, Eau Claire, and La Crosse....but strangely enough no Madison locations.
Only Wisconsin location
Buca Di Beppo
Only Wisconsin location
Capital Grille
Minneapolis & Chicago locations, Milwaukee has now landed it's first WI location.
2 Milwaukee area locations, only WI locations.
Only Wisconsin locations
Cheesecake Factory
Two Wisconsin locations. One in the Mayfair lot, one in Bayshore Mall.
Churchs Chicken
Two Milwaukee area locations. Church's is a division of AFC Enterprises which also owns Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and Cinnabon.
The only two WI location's of Edwardo's are in the Milwaukee area, the Madison location has since closed.
For quite a number of years the Brookfield location of Fuddrucker's was the only one in the state, but then Fuddruckers opened a store in Janesville then one just off of State St. in Madison. The State St. location did not last.
Joey Buona's Pizzeria Grille
Only Wisconsin location
Krispy Kreme
Only 2 Wisconsin locations
Long John Silvers
In addition to their Kenosha location, LJ Silvers has also located a store in West Allis.
Machine Shed (Pewaukee)
Pewaukee location 1 of 2 WI locations, the other in Appleton.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Only Wisconsin location
Panda Express
Downtown Milwaukee, La Crosse, and Appleton locations. The Janesville location being the nearest to Madison.
Rock Bottom Brewery
Only Wisconsin "Rock Bottom" location
Roly Poly
Roly Poly located in the Madison area first, but the only remaining locations are within the Milwaukee area.
No Website
Coupled with Rocky Rococo's, there are 7 WI locations including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, and Oshkosh.
Thunder Bay Grille (Pewaukee)
Pewaukee only WI location.

Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa and Bluemound Road in Brookfield have been the center of attention for many larger market chain restaurants, the majority of which are the only locations in the entireity of Wisconsin. Restaurants and eateries the likes of Maggiano's, The Cheesecake Factory, and Krispy Kreme Donuts (who made their WI debut in the Milwaukee area).
For quite a number of years the Brookfield locations of Fuddrucker's, Tony Roma's, and The Melting Pot - and the Mayfair location of P.F. Chang's - were the only place in the state that you could find them.

Downtown Milwaukee has also made places like Benihana, Buca Di Beppo, and Rock Bottom Brewery their only Wisconsin locations.
Also, because of Milwaukee's relative proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee has seen interest over the years from Chicago based chains the like's of Joey Buono's Pizzeria downtown, 2 Edwardo's locations, or the now defunct Milwaukee location of Ed Debevic's.
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