When I was a wee nipper, we had at least 6 Hardees within the realm of my travels... Limited as they were.
Rax was huge here too. There were probably more of those, and I really miss them. Used to get an Uncle Alligator meal with a Turkey sandwich (which you weren't supposed to get), that the girls made for me special after my mom would pick me up from Kindergarten. Loved those trips.
Here's something odd going on in my area, and perhaps you're experiencing this too Scott, or the rest maybe are noticing this... Are your Burger King joints disappearing? I can only think of 2 near me when there were at one point 6 or 7 I could name off the top of my head.
And now we get commercial upon commercial for , "Ihop", Steak & Shake (Though I know of 2 in my area, and one coming to the new mall opening here out in the boonies where I live), and "Sonic" as well.
We have absolutely NONE of those restaurants except S&S which is almost a novelty here since there's one out at a big development west of the city near the Airport, and one at a big development on the Monongehelia River... That's it. People actually treat S&S here like it's fine dining because it's such a rare place around here.
Those others though are non-existant in the Pittsburgh area. Not a one of them exists, and yet they taunt us with commercials relentlessly. They make me wanna run out and get that nice looking food, and yet I'm left wanting. *sigh*