Chain restaurants, coffee shops, department stores, etc. have really exploded during the past two decades or so (at least I was not paying attention before then … that might have something to do with being 10 years old and living in Queens). So I have a question for the folks out there: are there any chain bars out there I am forgetting? No, I do not mean Applebees, I mean a real bar – a watering hole where people go just for the beer, the shots, the darts, and all the other stuff that happens at a bar. Does a place like Jillians count? If the answers are few and far between, or no, can you guys guess why we do not see more of this, but that franchises of almost every other kind are fixtures in our lives? I will throw my 2 pennies in later next month.