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Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips

They had 45 restaurants in 8 northern states of the U.S. as of 2008. The chain got its name from an English character actor called Arthur Treacher who became known as “the perfect butler” after playing the role of Jeeves a butler in several Shirley Temple movies. He also played Constable Jones in the movie “Mary Poppins”. In the early years when this restaurant first opened Treacher was a spokesman for the chain.

 In 1865 Malin’s of Bow a restaurant in London, England sold fried whitefish fillets wrapped in newspapers for customers to take-away. Arthur Treacher’s Inc. purchased Malin’s of Bow over a hundred years later and in 1969 opened their first restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. The same year National Fast Food Corp. a franchise company was also set up.

Arthur Treacher’s had around 800 stores by 1979 throughout all of the U.S. When the “cod wars” began in 1981 where Britain and Iceland were arguing over fishing rights and a 370 km or 200-mile fishing limit was set and cod prices went up the low-priced fish restaurants had problems and all the companies involved retrenched. Orange Co. who had owned Treacher’s since the 1970s was sold to Mrs. Paul’s Seafood in 1979 and they replaced Icelandic cod with pollock.

I used to love their fries and shrimp.

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