Once-Popular Sandwich Chains That Have Become Extinct

Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain was formerly the coolest sandwich shop and bakery. During the 1970s, the company expanded, building new East Coast locations in New York City and Hackensack, New Jersey.

After a change of ownership, Au Bon Pain's main competitor developed in the early 1990s.

Taylor Gourmet

Taylor Gourmet prospered in Washington, D.C., in the 2010s, with inexpensive, high-quality hoagies.

Fans were shocked when the firm unexpectedly shuttered all 19 locations in 2018. One of its primary investors quit, causing the firm to declare bankruptcy.


Quiznos was formerly one of the world's largest restaurant franchises. Quiznos was extensively available in American retail malls, however the brand seems to have lost consumers along with those malls.

In 2007, Quiznos had 4,700 locations worldwide. It has a capacity of 200 people. Quiznos may not be dead, but it is on the decline.


Blimpie was one of the first chains to focus on and succeed with the sub sandwich before Charles Barkley and Simone Biles pushed Subway on national television. 

Its first location was in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1964.

Which Wich

This once-promising Dallas sandwich shop opened with considerable success in 2003. Its unique ordering method involved writing what consumers want on the paper bag that would hold their sandwich.

Which Wich has unfortunately lost a lot of popularity and locations. The company had over 500 shops in 2017, but now just has half of them.

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