Friday, March 24, 2017

Remember Ground Round? It still is alive and well

Remember the Ground Round restaurant chain that once upon a time had a strong presence in the Greater Capital Region? Its former locations here now are home to car dealerships, vacant buildings, etc. However, that doesn't mean it no longer exists. Just look east to Rutland, VT.

A new Ground Round Grill & Bar will replace the Ponderosa Steakhouse on Route 7 in front of the Diamond Run Mall.

"The Ground Round in Rutland is one of three new units we expect to open this year, and will feature many of our exciting new facility design elements, and our newly launched menu of products and beverages," said Jack Crawford, president and CEO of the Ground Round Independent Owners Cooperative, LLC.

That organization is a franchisee-owned and -led cooperative with headquarters in Freeport, ME. It  operates Ground Round restaurants in 10 states throughout the Northeast and Midwest. In New York, they are located Upstate in Plattsburgh and Johnson City, and in Brookhaven, Long Island.
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  1. Sean Patrick Costello writes (via Facebook):

    My parents used to take my sisters and I to Ground Round when we were kids. Peanut shells on the ground, and black and white Abott & Costello movies shown on the wall. Thought it was the best ever back then.

  2. Bernie Maskell Jr. writes (via Facebook):

    Last summer we were crossing to New York from Vermont; there is a Ground Round in Plattsburgh still! ...we ate there for old times sake!