OK - a little into off-topic land, but...
Can you believe there is only one of these left in all of Rhode Island? I took the wife and kids there tonight for a treat. I was going to put the lights on for service (yup - they still do car hops there), but Ann had a better idea - we ate at one of the outdoor tables. Considering I got to watch some really nice classic cars pull in, the wife's idea was a charm. After we ate we got to check out some of these nice street rods - a couple of Vettes, a couple of Dodge Coronets from 1967 or so (one was a Coronet 440, the other a Coronet 500), a 1970 Coronet that had a "For Sale" sign on it (dang - didn't have the $12,500 they were asking), a 2006 or so Mustang Cobra (yeah, the ones that replicate the 1969 'Stangs quite nicely), a nice cherry red 1967 'Stang parked right next to the '06 'Stang, and finally, a late 70's Pinto wagon which didn't look to bad for, well... a Pinto. And the food still kicks butt!
As for classic restaurant chains - this A&W we went to, like I mentioned is the only one in RI - it's on US Route 44 in Smithfield. There is only one Dairy Queen in RI - at the last place in RI you'd ever catch me in: the Providence Place Mall (or as I call it, Providence Waste). I keep seeing Sonic commercials on TV, but the nearest one from here is in Ohio. I did, however, visit one in October 2004 in Indianapolis. We (wife, kids, yours truly) met up at the Indy Sonic with Chris Sedlak, a good friend of the CV Snark Trio who is music director for a parish (SS. Cecilia and Philomena) that is dedicated to the Extraordinary form of Holy Mass. At that time I was en route to an interview at a church in Southwest Missouri, only to get a phone call from Holy Ghost on my way home on I-70.
As I write this, I clicked on the Sonic website and lo and behold!
Yup! I showed that to Ann and I had her taste buds doing flip flops!
Incidentally, Rhode Island also has only ONE drive-in movie theater left - the Rustic. Back in the '70's when there were still a bunch of drive-ins, the Rustic, located on RI Route 146 in North Smithfield, was dedicated to X-rated films. Now the Rustic has three screens and plays everything EXCEPT X-rated films. And they're usually very good about keeping two R-rated films on one screen, a couple of PG's on another, or even a G and a light PG on one screen, so that you can take your kids to see a cool Disney/Pixar flick and not having to worry about F-bombs and nude scenes abounding in the next flick.
So - our consumer needs in Rhode Island are as follows: more A&W's, more Dairy Queens, bring Sonic to southern New England (it WILL succeed here - I'll see to it, ho ho ho!), more drive-in theaters, and dang it - let's get some candlepin bowling houses put up here. The last RI joint to have candlepins was in Middletown. It had both candlepin and tenpin (normal big balls) bowling, but was sold, sadly, and became tenpin-only.
Thus far, the consumer demands of John Q. Public of RI.