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Victoria Station

The forerunner of all theme restaurants, the chain fed guests in converted railroad cars. The company had about 100 units at its peak but declared bankruptcy in the 1980s. One location still stands in Salem, Mass.

Steak & Ale

Steak & Ale

Founded by restaurant impresario Norman Brinker in 1966, Steak & Ale, one of the most influential casual-dining concepts, declared Chapter 7 and closed down all corporate stores in 2008. Atalaya Capital Management said it acquired the company's equity, trademarks and other assets.