Ground Round

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Ground Round Grill & Bar
Casual dining restaurant
Industry Restaurants
Founded October 25, 1969
Headquarters Freeport, Maine, U.S.
Website www.groundround.com

Ground Round Grill & Bar, an American casual dining restaurant, was founded in 1969 by Howard Johnson's.[1][2] As of January 17, 2010 Ground Round is owned by Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC, a group of 30 franchisee owners based in Freeport, Maine.[3]

During the 1970s and 1980s, Ground Round was well known for its children's parties, showing silent movies and cartoons on a big screen, a mascot named Bingo the Clown and for passing out whole peanuts where consumers were not discouraged from dropping the shells on the floor.[4] The newest incarnation of Ground Round markets to families and also to the adult dining and cocktails crowd with a Sports Bar and Lounge section.[5]

In February 2004 the franchisor for Ground Round filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In the process, all 59 corporate-owned restaurants (almost half of the Ground Rounds then open) abruptly closed their doors.[6] A group of franchisees joined together in order to buy out the company, at the time Ground Round, Inc., and started the Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC (GR IOC).[7]

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