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The Ground Round - I want to like them, should I?


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The Ground Round - I want to like them, should I?

rworange | Nov 25, 2007 06:56 PM

I thought I slipped into a Journeyman moment (time traveler tv show) when I saw a Ground Round near me ... had I traveled back to Cambridge in the 1970's?

Anyway, I'm considering their happy hour for nostolgia's sake, so I Googled to see what was up with GR. Gee,kind of dramatic story of the bankruptcy and struggle of the franchise owners to take over the place ...which they eventually did in 2005.

The 2004 bankruptcy "quickly turned ugly. The announcement came right before the dinner rush on a Friday, when store managers were ordered to tell diners to finish eating and pay their tabs. (Some were sent home with half-eaten meals in takeout containers.) More than 3,000 employees—some of whom had been with the restaurants for over a decade—were let go without severance, and their final paychecks bounced. A few angry workers broke plates and windows and stole steaks and liquor"

So, given that the franchise owners staged a mighty fight to keep the restaurants open after all that ... well I want to like them and hoping there's something good there ... but ... I looked at the online menu ... it's in it's own little time-warp stuck in the cajun - blackened era.

Going with basics ....

Hows the burger? I mean with the name "Ground Round" that has to be a safe bet, no?

I'm also considering the brownie sundae because I haven't had a brownie sundae since about the time GR started ... used to love brownie sundaes.

Unless someone says otherwise I'll probably pass on the
- Blackened Chicken Penne Florentine - Penne pasta tossed with spinach, tomatoes and Alfredo sauce.
- Cajun grilled salmon basted in an orange marinade
- Cajun shrimp fajitas
- Whiskey Peppercorn Burger on ciabatta bread.
- Gouda Roast Beef Wrap - Freshly shaved roast beef, Gouda cheese, horseradish mayonnaise with tomatoes and shredded lettuce.

However, given the time frame of the joint, I wonder if the French dip is any good? Burger or French dip ... or neither?

Actually, dessert-wise the cinnamon dippers look kind of good ... like fried-to-order donuts. I'm contemplating the fried cheesecake. Ground Round at one time sold 10 cent Buffalo wings which required the restaurants to buy bigger deep fryers ... so they might do a good job with deep-fried things Anyone tried the dippers or cheesecake?

I'm also interested to hear reports from different locations. Since there is no real central management I wonder how similar these places are. Some have their own websites. Someone is actually opening a new GR in Winona in March 2008 ...

So ... what's the word on Ground Round?

The Ground Round

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