GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Venerable restaurant Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips had a prominent foothold in the Ohio fast food scene in the 70s and 80s. Now, the chain is down to one remaining location.
In recent days, a location in Garfield Heights closed. Now, the last location standing is in Cuyahoga Falls, according to the company website.
According to industry magazine QSR, Arthur Treacher’s had 826 locations at one time.
In March, Spectrum News 1 visited the Garfield Heights Arthur Treacher’s. Restaurant investor Robert Allen said that the restaurant garnered visitors from long distances looking for a taste of nostalgia.
“When a customer walks [in] the door and you haven’t seen them for years, and they’re so excited that Arthur Treacher’s is still here, still selling the fish, it just motivates me more to hang in here, just to see one day that someone’s going to come in here and say, ‘Come on, let’s put this thing back together,'" Allen said.
Although brick and mortar Arthur Treacher’s restaurants have nearly disappeared, the restaurant’s iconic fish and chips will be found throughout the U.S.
Late last month, Nathan’s Famous announced a partnership to sell Arthur Teacher’s style fish and chips at its locations throughout the U.S. There are 61 Nathan’s locations throughout the U.S., including one in Westlake.
“Nathan’s Famous and Arthur Treacher’s have a long-standing relationship and we have worked diligently to keep the brand’s traditional menu items while also evolving the menu to fit the Nathan’s mantra of ‘Craveable, Memorable and Instagrammable’ product that we believe both operators and customers will love," said Nathan’s Senior Vice President James Walker.
The menu will include the Fish n’ Chips Sandwich, Fish n’ Chips Platter, Captain’s Dinner, Boom Boom Shrimp Platter, Shrimp, Bacon, Boom Boom Fries, Shrimp n’ Chips Basket, Chicken Platter, Shrimp & Fish Basket, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, Nathan’s hand-dipped chicken sandwiches and a slew of new sauces.